He would star opposite Spielberg favorite Mark Rylance, with plans to start shooting in early 2017 once Spielberg has finished Ready Player One.
The religious drama tells the story of a Jewish boy in mid-19th century Bologna, Italy who is secretly baptized and kidnapped from his family to be raised Christian. What then unfolds is a family’s struggle to free their child, which becomes a nationwide fight between the Papacy and Italian unity and democracy.
Isaac’s role in the film is unknown, but Rylance is set to play Pope Pius IX.
Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger are producing the picture, which is being developed at Amblin Entertainment.
Tony Kushner wrote the script, adapted from David Kertzer’s novel, and it was this script that initially got Spielberg on board to direct.
Isaac was most recently seen in the blockbuster films Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse. He has received critical acclaim for his roles in films like Ex Machina and Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as the lead of HBO’s miniseries Show Me a Hero, for which he won a Golden Globe.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Variety.