The Catcher Was a Spy trailer: Paul Rudd is a World War II spy

It's always been said that comedy is harder than drama, which is why the transition to more serious roles is usually more successful than dramatic actors heading the other way. Timing is everything, which is something Paul Rudd knows better than most but the release of his next film sees him get all serious on us. It's hard to separate the title from J. D. Salinger's classic, but it is in fact an adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff's 1994 novel The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg. Take a look at the trailer for The Catcher Was a Spy above.

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.

Ben Lewin directs a pretty impressive cast featuring Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce. Robert Rodat (Thor: The Dark World, Saving Private Ryan) is on writing duties.

The Catcher Was a Spy hits US theatres in mid-to-late June, but no news yet on a UK release date.

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