Hulu has announced that Kyle Chandler (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, BLOODLINE) will be joining the cast of its new six-party original limited series, CATCH-22. Chandler has been cast as Colonel Cathcart, a “full Colonel that takes himself very seriously.”
According to Hulu, George Clooney will now play Scheisskopf. “Scheisskopf is a training commander at cadet school in California. Ambitious, humorless, inept, angry, sadistic – and above all else, obsessed with parades and winning parade tournaments. At cadet school he makes the men’s lives a living hell. Deep down he’s just an angry idiot, so there’s no real danger he’ll ever be sent overseas. And then: he is sent overseas. As the Head of Operations for the entire Mediterranean Theater. And straight back into Yossarian’s life.”
CATCH-22 is based on Joseph Heller’s novel of the same name ans is the story of an artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), who is very angry during WWII because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. “But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.” The cast also includes Hugh Laurie, who will play Major de Coverley.