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Exclusive: Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen and Shea Whigham have joined war drama Catcher Was A Spy, with Ben Lewin at the helm. The script, by Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s New York Times' bestselling book and follows the true story of Moe Berg, professional baseball player turned top-secret spy for the Oss. Paul Rudd stars as Moe, who was also an Ivy League graduate, attorney, and spoke nine languages. The film focuses on Moe’s… »
Ever since his breakout role in L.A. Confidential twenty years ago, Australian actor Guy Pearce has been able to create prestige for himself with memorable roles in Christopher Nolan’s early film Memento and others. (For instance, he appeared in two recent Best Picture winners in The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech). More importantly, he's been able to star in a series of fantastic genre films from The Proposition and Animal Kingdom to the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
Brimstone, from Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven (Winter in Watime), puts Pearce back in familiar Western territory as The Proposition, playing a very different character, an ultra-pious Dutch preacher known only as “The Reverend” who spends the movie chasing after a young woman, played by Dakota Fanning. There’s a lot more to the story, which is told »
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Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has boarded PalmStar/Animus Films’ WWII drama The Catcher Was A Spy, joining Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Ben Lewin is directing the film, which is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s Nyt bestselling book. Robert Rodat wrote the screenplay and PalmStar Media fully financing with financial partner Windy Hill Pictures. The film is based on the true story of Moe Berg (Rudd) professional baseball… »
Giancarlo Giannini and The Lost City of Z‘s Sienna Miller are the latest stars to climb aboard The Catcher Was a Spy, Ben Lewin’s WWII drama poised to take the incredible true story of former Mlb player Moe Berg and pitch it for the big screen.
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Giannini and Miller now join an ensemble comprised of Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Dawidoff’s biography, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, has been labeled as the primary source of inspiration, creatively speaking, as it tells the story of Berg’s double life as a multilingual pro baseball player, who spent his time away from the field operating as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – the U.S. intelligence agency that went on to become the CIA we know today – during »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Sienna Miller and Giancarlo Giannini have joined The Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed drama that stars Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Robert Rodat adapted the script from Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book that tells the true story of Moe Berg, a major league ballplayer who was an important spy against the Nazis in WWII. While they call catcher’s equipment “the tools of ignorance,” Berg was the extreme exception, an Ivy… »
The Ivy League graduate became a spy during the Second World War and helped the Americans beat the Germans in the race to make the atomic bomb.
Miller will play Berg’s love interest Estella Huni, while Giannini will portray Italian physicist Professor Eduardo Amaldi.
PalmStar Media and Animus Films are co-producing The Catcher Was A Spy. PalmStar Media is financing the film with Windy Hill Pictures.
UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and jointly represents the film with PalmStar. »
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They’ll buddy up with Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce, who climbed on board to play military specialist Furman just last week. Daniels is attached to the role of O.S.S. Chief “Wild Bill” Donovan – commonly referred to as the “Father of Central Intelligence” long before the CIA was born – while Giamatti will portray a physicist known as Goudsmit. Leading the charge for this one is Rudd, who signed on to play Moe Berg early on in development. A multilingual pro baseball player, in his time away from the field, Berg secretly moonlighted as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – hence the title – during the throes of World War II, accepting assignments all across the Caribbean, South America and even mainland Europe.
Adapted from Dawidoff’s biography, »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels are joining Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce in Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed and Robert Rodat-scripted drama that begins filming Monday in Prague, with shooting also in Boston. The film is fully financed and produced by PalmStar Media with PalmStar’s financial partner Windy Hill Pictures. It’s a PalmStar and Animus Films production, with Palmstar’s Kevin Frakes producing with Windy Hill’s Buddy Patrick, Jim Young, Tatiana… »
The Catcher Was A Spy, the movie about a real-life baseball player turned American spy, has begun filling out its cast. The production’s already landed its lead in Paul Rudd, who will play Moe Berg, the former White Sox player who decided to follow up his baseball career with some time in the secretive service. Now Empire Magazine reports that Guy Pearce will co-star with Rudd. Pearce’s role is currently unknown, though we could see him playing a crotchety coach giving Moe a hard time at Comiskey Park, or the suave mentor who helps him figure out just how to spy on people.
The Sessions’ Ben Lewin is directing from a script by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). While he awaits news on his role, Pearce can look forward to having the President barge in on the three-night run of the gay rights drama, When We Rise.
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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.
- Michael Briers
31 January 2017 5:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lewin is directing the film based on an adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff’s 1994 biography The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg following a major league baseball player who also worked as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services (the U.S. intelligence agency that proceeded the CIA).
Rudd will portray Berg, who played as a catcher for various Mlb teams, including the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. During World War II, he worked as an intelligence officer, traveling on assignment »
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