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Spielberg casts Seth Rogen to play his ‘favorite uncle’ in semi-biopic

Recently announced film, slated for 2022 release, will be based on director’s childhood in Arizona

Seth Rogen arrives at the premiere of "Good Boys" on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Seth Rogen arrives at the premiere of "Good Boys" on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

JTA — Steven Spielberg’s upcoming semi-autobiographical flick just got a little more Jewish.

The film, announced recently and based on the Jewish director’s childhood years in Arizona, will now star Seth Rogen as “a character inspired by Spielberg’s favorite uncle,” The Hollywood Reporter said this week.

Spielberg co-wrote the film with Tony Kushner, the Jewish playwright known for “Angels in America” who has also worked with Spielberg on projects such as “Munich” and “Lincoln.”

Michelle Williams will star as the young Steven’s mother.

Director Steven Spielberg addresses the audience at the 2018 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Producers are targeting a 2022 release.

Meanwhile, Spielberg announced Thursday that he will donate his $1 million in Genesis Prize winnings to Jewish and non-Jewish organizations working on racial justice issues.

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