Steven Spielberg Movie Seeking Boy for Lead Role

Casting Boys 6-9 for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara Nationwide

Three time Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg is turning the true story of Edgardo Mortara into a feature film. Casting directors for the movie are seeking a boy for the lead role in the movie. They are looking for boys who appear to be Jewish Italian who are between the ages of 6 and 9 years old. This is a rare and incredible opportunity for the chance to star in a film by one of the greatest directors of our time.

About “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara”

The true story is about 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.

What They Are Looking For

Casting directors are accepting submissions for boys for the lead role in the upcoming movie. This is a SAG-AFTRA film and will pay SAG scale rates.

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.

Note- several casting directors are auditioning talent for the role. This casting call is only for actors who are NOT in
Los Angeles or New York. Different casting directors are handling actors in those areas.

Boys 6-9

Appear Jewish Italian

Looking for Actors nationwide who do NOT live in NYC or L.A.

How to Apply

To submit: Email 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. If 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 they get to know him!

Leave a Casting Response

10 Casting Responses

  1. Nicolas Perez

    I’m 9 years old, I’m Hispanic and I love to make people laugh. I always wanted to bean actor I live in Mississippi. Please contact me.

  2. Laura Mackay

    6yr old son, italian and Hispanic Marcangelo. Very smart boy who loves to make people laugh.

  3. Julius

    I was looking since kindergarten plz hire me I’m 9 years old I also love Steven Spielberg

  4. Julius

    I am 9 years old and I live in New York city tell me ware additions are

  5. Julius

    I am 9 years old and I live in New York city tell me what’s additions are and I will come

  6. Adam Theroux

    Hi, My name is Adam. Won’t to be in actor live western Massachusetts
    Been in school play talent shows

  7. Brock Spillers

    i live in San Diego California

  8. Brock Spillers

    Hi my name is Brock Spillers i am a boy but the email is my moms so that’s why the picture is a women i have been looking for movies to be in since first grade and I am a big fan of Steven Spielberg and i found this and i am hoping i can be in this movie I am 9 years old I do not live in LA or new York so please tell me where auditions are and i will be there

  9. Davey Reed

    I’m a 26 year old Caucasian male. I live near Detroit, Michigan. I want to get into acting and honestly, I have no idea how to go about it. I don’t care if it’s being an extra or a lead role. I believe I can pull it off and would at least like to give it a try. Any reply would be much appreciated.

  10. Moira Lopes

    Mackenzie Lopes Age 10 – Boy, interested in any role!