IFC Films has released the first trailer for their upcoming film The Catcher Was a Spy. The biopic stars Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, a professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox who, in 1944, was recruited by the US government to go behind enemy lines as a WWII spy. Using his on-field intellect, Berg’s mission was to infiltrate and assassinate a top Nazi science officer as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
I had no idea this film or story was even a thing, but damn I’m glad I do now. This is absolutely fascinating. First of all, the cast is remarkable. Talent is splattered up and down the list, on both sides of the fight. Rudd, who has always been well known for his comedy chops, has taken a turn over the last few years as an actor, taking on more dramatic roles that require more presence. If captured correctly, his portrayal of this real life hero could end up being one of his best, maybe even the best.
The story being told here is incredible. We know that our history is full of professional athletes leaving the game they love to serve and fight for our country. It’s happened for decades and continues to today, but this is different. Berg was recruited for a top secret mission that was basically suicide, and it begs the question, why him? I’m extremely interested to find out why he was chosen and what happened as I have no idea what to expect from this story.
Watch the first trailer below and after doing so, leave your thoughts in the comments! Have you heard of Moe Berg’s story before? Did you like the trailer? What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to the most? Also starring Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson, Guy Pearce and Paul Giamati, The Catcher Was a Spy has a limited release on June 22nd.
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.