Mark Strong will play the role of scientist Werner Heisenberg in the upcoming movie 'The Catcher Was a Spy'

By Menahem Zen / 2017.03.15
Mark Strong in the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2016 on Sept. 6, 2016 in London, England.

British actor Mark Strong joins other cast members to star in the World War II espionage drama "The Catcher Was a Spy." Other cast members are Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce and Paul Giamatti.

The movie "The Catcher Was a Spy" will tell the true story about a veteran baseball player Moe Berg and his role in the World War II as a spy for U.S. and the OSS. Strong will play the top scientist in Nazi atomic bomb program Werner Heisenberg as reported by Deadline.

Berg's story was depicted in the book by Nicholas Dawidoff titled "The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg" published in 1994. Berg is the only baseball player whose card is put on display at the CIA Headquarter in Langley, Virginia. He played for several major league baseball team between 1923 to 1939.

When the World War II breakout, he was recruited by the CIA to become its agent in Europe. Berg spoke many languages and he helped the United States to win the arm race in developing atomic bomb.

For the adaptation of "The Catcher Was a Spy" Ben Lewin is appointed to direct the movie from script written by Robert Rodat according to Empire. Rodat has the experience to write the the World War II story as he was the writer for "Saving Private Ryan." While Lewin is the seasoned director whose recent work is the 2012 film "The Sessions."

Strong will join Rudd who plays the main character Berg and other cast including Jeff Daniels who plays the head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), William J. Donovan. After the war, OSS was transformed into the CIA. While Giamatti will play

For the 53-year-old actor, this will be a serious movie after playing in a hilarious action comedy with Sascha Baron Cohen "Grimsby" last year. Watch the interview with Strong about his movie Grimsby with Cohen as the wildest thing he has ever done below:

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