Have you ever dreamed of starring in a Steven Spielberg movie? If so, we have good news for you. Steven Spielberg is now casting lead roles for his new movie about the true story of Edgardo Mortara, a 6 year old Jewish boy from Bologna who was reported to have been secretly baptized by a maid, and was deemed by the Catholic church therefore to be Christian.

According to reports, casting directors are looking for kid actors between the ages of 6 to 9 years old to work on the upcoming feature film. Here’s the casting call breakdown:

  • EDGARDO — BOY age 6-9 to play 6 years old. This is a unique and very challenging part for a truly special boy. The story deals with the complexity of an extremely intelligent and gifted child’s situation – his desire to return to his family and the faith of his ancestors, pitted against his ability to learn the Catechism and engage with the Pope on a level far beyond his years. HE SHOULD APPEAR TO BE A JEWISH ITALIAN child. We are not looking for any kind of Italian accent. LEAD.

About The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara:

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According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg will direct The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, an adaptation of the the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer. Mary Rylance, who won the Best Supporting Oscar for Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies and who plays the title character in Spielberg’s The BFG, will star as Pope Pius IX.

Published in 1997, The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara centers around the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that puts Catholicism, democracy and Italy against each other.


To audition for a role on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, check out the casting call details below.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara Casting Call

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CASTING, SAG PAID, Steven Spielberg Film
“THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA”

EDGARDO — BOY age 6-9 to play 6 years old. This is a unique and very challenging part for a truly special boy. The story deals with the complexity of an extremely intelligent and gifted child’s situation – his desire to return to his family and the faith of his ancestors, pitted against his ability to learn the Catechism and engage with the Pope on a level far beyond his years. HE SHOULD APPEAR TO BE A JEWISH ITALIAN child. We are not looking for any kind of Italian accent. LEAD.

STORY LINE — Steven Spielberg is making a film about the true story of EDGARDO MORTARA – a 6 year old Jewish boy from Bologna who was reported to have been secretly baptized by a maid, and was deemed by the Catholic church therefore to be Christian. Pope Pius IX (to be played by Mark Rylance) decreed that the boy could not remain with his Jewish family. He was seized by the Papal State and taken to the Vatican where his indoctrination into Catholicism began. This was a cause célèbre of mid-nineteenth century European politics and the domestic and international outrage against the pontifical state’s actions may have contributed to its downfall amid the unification of Italy. This is an incredible story of real historical relevance.

Please note several CD’s are covering THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA, per overall CD Ellen Lewis: (Debbie DeLisi/DeLisi Creative) are covering talent that live in all regions in the US/Canada, EXCEPT for LA based actors (CD Tannis Vallely) & NYC based actors (Rori Bergman).

If your talent is based in LA or NYC, submit to Tannis or Rori. If your talent is based in any other area — please submit to delisicreative@gmail.com.

To submit: Email delisicreative@gmail.com. Subject line: EDGARDO SUBMISSION / Name of boy, your agency (if you have one), city/state. Body of email: Your agency contact info, boys name/age/d.o.b, city/state of residence, along w/current non retouched photos. I

f you want to include a brief introduction, bio or resume, please do!

Edgar needs to be highly intelligent…. please note any related, special, or fun facts so we get to know him!

Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.

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