Friday, 17 March 2017

Mark Strong joins World War II drama The Catcher Was A Spy

True life World War II drama The Catcher Was A Spy already has Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) aboard. Now news arrives via Deadline that Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is set to join the cast as German scientist Werner Heisenberg.

Ben Lewin (The Sessions) is directing a script written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). Here, he adapts Nicholas Dawidoff's 1994 non-fiction bestseller about Moe Berg (Rudd), an accomplished college graduate who spoke nine languages and spent 15 years as a player on baseball teams including the Chicago White Sox. What his teammates didn't know was that his sports career was a cover for his life as a top secret spy for America's pre-CIA intelligence agency the OSS, and he helped the US win the arms race against Germany.

Part of that was ingratiating himself with Heisenberg, and figuring out whether the man was a threat that would need to be assassinated. Strong joins a cast that also already includes Jeff Daniels (Looper), Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher) and Giancarlo Gianni (Casino Royale). Lewin has the cameras rolling now, but the film has yet to acquire a release date.

Strong will be back on our screens this September as Merlin in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and before that he will be seen in Miss Sloane, due to arrive in UK cinemas on 12 May.

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