Paul Rudd On Playing A Bickering Gay Couple With Steve Coogan, Starring In World War II Thriller, And How It Felt To Be Near Captain America And Iron Man

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan are playing a gay couple in a new movie with a surprising plot twist, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The 47-year-old Ant-Man actor and his co-star signed up to play a gay couple in the Andrew Fleming-directed film, Ideal Home.

Paul Rudd and Coogan’s characters, who lead an extravagant lifestyle, have their lives crashed by a surprise grandson. Coogan’s character’s grandson makes a surprise appearance during the gay couple’s intimate dinner party. And the thing is: Coogan’s character never even suspected he had a grandson!

And that’s when their lives are turned upside down, as Paul Rudd and Coogan’s characters take in the grandson into their home. The comedy, titled Ideal Home, entered the filming process earlier this month and is currently being sold in Cannes by Fortitude.

The upcoming movie starring Paul Rudd and Coogan is being produced by Aaron Ryder (Memento, The Prestige), Gabrielle Tana (Philomena), Maria Theresa Arida (Arbitrage), Clark Peterson (Monster), and Maxime Remillard (Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1).

Paul Rudd and Coogan previously co-starred together in the 2011 film, Our Idiot Brother.

Paul Rudd is the latest cast addition to the upcoming World War II thriller, titled The Catcher Was a Spy, according to Deadline. The movie is being directed by Ben Lewin, while Robert Rodat is penning the script.

The upcoming WWII film starring Paul Rudd is a movie adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book of the same name. PalmStar Media is producing and financing the project, while the company’s Buddy Patrick is set to executive produce.

Paul Rudd is set to play the character named Moe Berg, who is an attorney that spoke nine languages. Berg was an Ivy League graduate and had a 15-years long career of a baseball player, playing for such teams as the Chicago White Sox and the New York Robins.

But that’s not the reason Dawidoff wrote a book about Berg, as Paul Rudd’s character served as a top secret spy agent for the OSS (the CIA’s predecessor). In fact, Berg helped the United States build the atomic bomb to defeat Germany in World War II.

Berg’s story was previously picked up by Warner Bros., who wanted to have George Clooney play the part, but it didn’t come to fruition. Before Warner Bros, both HBO and Miramax expressed their desire to adapt the bestselling book, but neither of these ventures worked out.

Paul Rudd reprised his role of the Ant-Man character in Captain America: Civil War, which opened earlier this month. The film is such a hit, it has already grossed $952 million worldwide. The first installment of Captain America, The First Avenger, which didn’t feature Rudd, grossed only $370 million worldwide back in 2011.

Paul Rudd has recently admitted he had a fangirl moment around his Captain America: Civil War co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who play Iron Man and Captain America respectively, according to DNA India.

In fact, the 47-year-old Ant-Man actor said he felt like he was 10-years-old when he came close to the two stars. During his guest appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Paul Rudd revealed he was starstruck around Downey Jr. and Evans.

“We shot Ant-Man – but I was alone in a bubble. And all of a sudden I’m standing around seeing Robert Downey Jr in the Iron Man suit, and seeing Chris Evans.”

But it’s not like Paul Rudd didn’t enjoy that experience, as the actor revealed it was “pretty cool” to be near his comic book heroes. His own Marvel movie, Ant-Man, which was released last summer, grossed $519 million worldwide. It was earlier announced that Rudd will reprise his role of Ant-Man in 2018’s sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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