An official trailer has been released for The Catcher Was a Spy, an espionage thriller From IFC Films.
The movie is based on the book The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff, which tells the true story of Berg (played by Paul Rudd), a catcher for the Boston Red Sox who ended up becoming a spy during World War II. Continue below to read an official synopsis and to check out the new trailer.
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 alongside Rudd is Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shea Whigham, and Pierfrancesco Favino.
The film was directed by Ben Lewin, who wrote and directed The Sessions and directed the recent Please Stand By. The screenplay was written by Robert Rodat, who was nominated for an Oscar for his Saving Private Ryan screenplay and also penned the screenplay for The Patriot, co-wrote the story for Thor: The Dark World, and created the TV series Falling Skies.
The Catcher Was a Spy is set to be released in limited theaters as well as video on demand services beginning on June 22nd.