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THE CATCHER WAS A SPY: Paul Rudd Tapped To Star

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Paul Rudd cast as the lead in The Catcher Was a Spy. The Ant-Man and This is 40 star will headline the planned World War II thriller adapted from Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book.

Rudd’s involvement in the film is the latest move in his transition from comedic roles to more serious ones. Once known primarily for his appearances in movies like Clueless, I Love You, Man and Dinner With Schmucks, the actor is now recognized as a presence to be reckoned with following his portrayal of Ant-Man. Set to reprise that role in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Rudd appears to be trying to capitalize on his newfound status as an action star to get into more heavy fare, as seen by his casting in The Catcher Was a Spy.

Originally written with George Clooney, the film will see Rudd play a spy for the US during the Second World War:

The film is based on the life of Moe Berg, an Ivy Leaguer who spoke twelve languages and spent 15 years as an average baseball player for teams like the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Senators. Thing is, that whole time he was moonlighting as a spy for the OSS who helped America get the edge on the Germans during the race for the Atomic Bomb.

Screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private RyanThor: The Dark World) adapted Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book, with Ben Lewin (The Sessions) set to direct.

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