Mark Rylance Takes a Role in Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller
by Ethan Anderton
June 11, 2014
After being in talks to play the role of the Mad Hatter's father in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, British actor Mark Rylance seems to have opted for something more interesting. Rhys Ifans was recently named as the father of Johnny Depp's wacky character, and now we know why Rylance may not have taken the part in the Disney sequel. Variety reports the stage star, who just won a Tony for his role in Twelfth Night, is taking an unknown role in Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War thriller that already has Tom Hanks on board to reteam with the director for a fourth time. Read on!
The developing film, which is confirmed to be Spielberg's next project, tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers, who was held and interrogated by the KGB and imprisoned for espionage. It was just recently reported that Joel & Ethan Coen would give the script a rewrite, so this one has a lot of potential. Production is slated to start this fall, and after this one is finished, Spielberg will move on to some family friendly material with an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book The BFG, his first non-adult project in awhile. Sound good?