Guy Pearce Joins The Catcher Was A Spy

Guy Pearce

With Paul Rudd snagging the lead in the film, baseball-meets-espionage drama The Catcher Was A Spy is bulking up its cast. Guy Pearce has signed on to co-star.

The Sessions' Ben Lewin is directing a script written by Saving Private Ryan's Robert Rodat. 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's a chance he might be one of Rudd's colleagues. Or we could see him as his OSS handler.

Pearce has worked on TV mini-series When We Rise and will cameo in Alien: Covenant (due 19 May) as Peter Weyland. There's no word yet on when The Catcher Was A Spy will be released.