With Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) snagging the lead in the film, baseball based espionage drama The Catcher Was A Spy is bulking up its cast. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) has signed on to co-star.
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, 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 America win the arms race against Germany.
Rudd is on as Berg, while Pearce's role has yet to be revealed – though there is a chance he might be one of Rudd's colleagues. Or we could see him as his OSS handler.
Pearce has recently worked on TV mini-series When We Rise and is set to cameo as Peter Weyland in Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012) follow-up Alien: Covenant, due in cinemas 19 May. There is no word yet on when The Catcher Was A Spy will be released.