The Catcher Was a Spy, Ben Lewin’s WWII drama that mines inspiration from Nicholas Dawidoff’s 1994 biography, has recruited Guy Pearce to its ranks.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that Pearce has landed a supporting role in the period piece, and will star opposite Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd. Dawidoff’s biography, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, chronicles the remarkable journey of Berg who was, quite literally, both a catcher and a spy.
A major league baseball player by trade, Berg moonlighted for the Office of Strategic Services – the U.S. intelligence agency that went on to become the CIA we know today – during the throes of World War II, and would take on assignments all across the Caribbean, South America and Europe during his off-time from the MLB.
THR’s report confirms that it is Paul Rudd who will take point as Moe Berg, whose baseball career spanned the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. No further details were given regarding Pearce’s involvement in the movie, but we assume his character will have a fairly major role given the actor’s caliber.
Last seen in Drake Doremus’ forgettable sci-fi yarn Equals, Guy Pearce is credited with a role in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, indicating that his Peter Weyland will crop up for some form of cameo appearance as early rumors had suggested. As for The Catcher Was a Spy, THR didn’t mention a production timeline of any kind, but we assume Lewin’s adaptation will start shooting before the year’s end.