Golden Globe-winner Hugh Laurie is heading back to Hulu to star opposite George Clooney in the miniseries CATCH-22, based on the Joseph Heller’s novel. Laurie previously starred in the Hulu drama Chance.
The story centers on Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a U.S. Air Force bombardier in WWII who is furious 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 rule that 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.
Laurie has been cast as Major de Coverley, the squadron executive officer on Pianosa air base. A noble, leonine presence, like some Civil War general, de Coverley dances to the beat of his own drum. Regarded with awe by the men. He spends his time pitching horseshoes, listening to jazz on his phonograph, mixing himself martinis and hiring apartments for the officers in every new city the Americans take.
Clooney will play Col. Cathcart in addition to executive producing through his Smokehouse Pictures along with Grant Heslov. Clooney, Heslov, and Ellen Kuras have all signed on to direct episodes. Executive producers also include Luke Davies and David Michod and Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin. Davies and Michod are co-writing the project.
Emily J | Managing Editor