There’s talk of Paul Rudd playing a spy in an upcoming film. No, not James Bond, but that is a fun idea.
Deadline Hollywood recently confirmed Rudd will take on the role of Moe Berg in the WWII thriller The Catcher Was a Spy, an adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff‘s 1994 biography.
The story is based on real-life major league baseball player Berg, who later worked on behalf of the CIA in 1942. Berg, 39 years old at the time, was spotted as an ideal candidate for the spy game. He was a Princeton graduate, with a law degree, had traveled overseas with his duties as a ball player, had many contacts and spoke nine languages.
While competing professionally and holding his own as a sportsman, he wasn’t breaking any records, joked his teammates at the time. It’s presumed that his low-key profile helped him stay under the radar as a CIA agent.
The project is in the early stages, but from the sound of it, it doesn’t appear to be a comedy, which Rudd is typically tied to. We know Rudd for his display of dry humor in films like Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Role Models, I Love You, Man … should we go on?
Yes, Rudd has stepped away from his funnyman status, taking on the role of Marvel’s Ant-Man, but, well, yeah, he brought his funny with him.
But, on that note, it’d be nice to see him in a dramatic role (if that is the case) and stretch those acting chops.
Until we hear from Rudd himself or the studio producing the film, it’s not 100 percent, but we do like the idea of him lined up for a lead role in a thriller.
We can look for more Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War, releasing on May 6, 2016.
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