It's been really cool to watch Paul Rudd's career evolve from smaller movies like Clueless and Wet Hot American Summer to behemoths like Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, and the best part about it has been that he's willing to keep all sorts of different projects in the mix. He's clearly graduated to the big leagues, but he still makes little comedies like They Came Together and Netflix's Wet Hot prequel First Day of Camp in between blockbusters.
Deadline announced that Rudd will be starring in The Catcher Was a Spy, the true story of Moe Berg, a baseball player who also served as a secret agent for the OSS. Here's how the outlet describes it:
Rudd will play Moe Berg, an Ivy League grad and attorney who spoke nine languages, but that wasn’t the only reason he stood out among his baseball teammates when he spent 15 years as a journeyman player for such teams as the New York Robins and Chicago White Sox. Their biggest worry might have been hitting a curveball; Berg doubled as a top secret spy for the OSS (a forerunner for the CIA), who helped the U.S. win the race against Germany to build the atomic bomb. Perhaps Berg was helped in his efforts to stay under the radar by the fact his skills were not going to make anyone forget about Babe Ruth. When Berg played for the Senators, teammate Dave Harris once famously said, “Moe Berg can speak twelve languages, but can’t hit any of them!” His story was previously developed by Warner Bros as a vehicle for George Clooney and before that, both HBO and Miramax tried but struck out.
Sounds like Rudd's the right guy to finally step into the batter's box on this project. Saving Private Ryan writer Robert Rodat wrote the screenplay based on Nicholas Dawidoff's book, and Ben Lewin — who directed the underseen The Sessions back in 2012 (then called The Surrogate) — is behind the camera on this one.