Before Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters this July, Paul Rudd will be gracing the big screen in a dramatic departure from his more prototypical comedic roles, portraying real-life journeyman baseball player-turned-spy, Moe Berg, in The Catcher Was a Spy. Starring Rudd as the aforementioned Berg, directed by Ben Lewin, and based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s biographical book of the same name, The Catcher Was a Spy sees Rudd join the war effort during World War II, going behind enemy lines to beat Germany in the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
According to IFC Films’ official synopsis:
This gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy. A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the US government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb. Trading in his catcher’s mitt for a trench coat, Berg must rely on his formidable, steel-trap intellect in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Starring an ensemble cast that includes Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson, Giancarlo Giannini, Hiroyuki Sanada, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, and Connie Nielsen, The Catcher Was a Spy hits theaters June 22 — just a few short weeks before Ant-Man and the Wasp drops on July 6.