Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg to re-team for 'Ready Player One' and 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

Scorsese and DiCaprio. Wayne and Ford. Hitchcock and Stewart. Wright and Pegg. Shannon and Nichols. De Niro and Scorsese.

Rylance and Spielberg?

Although it came as a moment of triumph for acclaimed theatre star Mark Rylance, his win at the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor was one of the most crushing shocks of the night. Defeating heavyweight favorite Sylvester Stallone for the crown, the Academy rewarded the understated, soft-spoken charm of the actor's performance in Bridge of Spies over the nostalgia of Stallone's seventh round as Rocky Balboa. However, even with unfortunate circumstances, Rylance was gracious and humble in victory. And from the awards circuit and from his performance, he emerged as a low-key Hollywood hero, someone who just about everyone came to love. Which is good. Because we're going to be seeing a lot of him.

In addition to starring as the titular giant in Spielberg's The BFG, Rylance has now signed on for Ready Player One and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, two more upcoming Spielberg films. To clarify, after his adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic story, Spielberg has three projects on the horizon- Ready Player One, The Kidnapping Edgardo Mortara, and Indiana Jones 5. Player One debuts in early 2018, Indy 5 hits theaters in July 2019, and Edgardo Mortara will be debuting in late fall 2017. The latter film, a Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of David Kertzer's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, was just announced a mere two weeks ago, with Deadline breaking the news. Rylance will be playing Pope Pius IX, in the film that details the mid-19th Century struggle of the Vatican against democratic values. According to the report, filming will begin in early 2017, intertwining with post-production on Ready Player One.

Speaking of Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's best-selling novel, it was only a few short days later that Rylance signed on for that film. According to the breaking report from The Hollywood Reporter, he'll be playing James Halliday, the complex and secretive founder of virtual reality system OASIS, in the film. With a cast that already includes Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and Olivia Cooke, Rylance only ups the pedigree of an already highly-anticipated film.

After three years without a Spielberg flick, it's safe to say that there will be no dearth of material from the iconic director in the next few years. It's going to get pretty crazy, and it's looking like Rylance will be there for the ride. It's only a matter of time before he signs on for Indiana Jones 5.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will hit theaters in late 2017, while Ready Player One will be unleashed on March 30, 2018.

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