Mark Rylance, WFire Team Claire van Kampen with Steven Spielberg on TV Project – Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning star Mark Rylance and his wife Claire van Kampen, a playwright, composer and director, have teamed up with Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment on a television project, the actor revealed to Deadline.

“It’s a historic project, about something that happened in American history,” Rylance (Dunkirk) said at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

Rylance appears in director Luca Guadagnino’s gripping cannibal drama bones and all alongside Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell. Guadagnino, Russell and Rylance attended screenings at the festival.

Spielberg’s TV drama is secret, Rylance said, and he was hesitant to discuss it in detail.

Steven Spielberg
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However, Deadline has learned that it will in part explore the Battle of Homestead, the tragic 1892 labor dispute at the Carnegie Steel Co. in Pennsylvania that led to bloody clashes between members of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel. Workers, locked out of the steel mill during a labor dispute, and security guards working for the Pinkerton detective agency, hired by Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Clay Frick.

Rylance and van Kampen planned to create a play about the American steel industry between the Civil War and World War I.

However, without really specifying what the project was about for Amblin, Rylance said, “I worked on it like a play, and now I suddenly realized it could be a TV thing, and [Spielberg] agrees. He added that he and van Kampen have finished processing the first episode.

Rylance, van Kampen and Spielberg have been close friends for decades. Spielberg directed Rylance in The BFG (2016) and bridge of spies (2015), which won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

As for playing a flesh eater in Bones and All, Rylance argued that cannibals “are not sociopaths or psychopaths; they have an affliction and they are aware that it is a harmful affliction, and they try to make the best of a bad situation,” he explained.

“They want to do good,” insisted Rylance. “They try to be good. They are ethical characters; they talk about rules.

Indeed, the film is for those who constantly break the rules: human beings. “Oh my God!” cried Rylance. “The Americans and the English!” We are consuming third world people right now.

Taylor Russell

Taylor Russell at the Telluride Film Festival
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“If you’re thinking of having a cup of tea or a cup of coffee, there are people who are dying to provide it for you. Our film is a beautiful allegory of our consumerist and narcissistic society. I’m not on a high seat saying that; I am just as guilty as anyone else,” he admitted.

“Now, are we going to stop? We can not ! We consume the earth! he said looking completely disgusted.

He observed, philosophically, “There are so many ways to consume another person, other than eating them.”

In his heart, however, bones and all is a love story, says Rylance, involving the handsome young cannibals played by Chalamet and Russell.

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