Oscar Isaac has signed up to Spielberg’s next project

Isaac has been added to 'The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara'

Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac has signed up to feature in Steven Spielberg’s next project, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

The film is an adaptation of David Kertzer’s novel, which tells the true story of a seven-year-old Italian Jew thrust into controversy in 1858 when he was taken from his parents and raised as a Catholic by authorities of the Papacy.

The boy ends up becoming a priest in a story that sees the Pope (Rylance will play Pope Pius IX) clashing with the forces of Italian democracy.

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Details of who Isaac will play are being kept under wraps, with Empire revealing that the film will be shooting in early 2017.

Spielberg is currently working on his next film, Ready Player One. It was also reported earlier this month (July 1) that Spielberg and Peter Jackson are working on a new film together.

Speaking to New Zealand Herald’s Time Out magazine, Spielberg said: “Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do Tintin.”