Kyle Chandler is attached to star in Hulu’s high profile limited series CATCH-22, opposite Christopher Abbot. The project is co-directed and executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Clooney was originally slated to play Colonel Cathcart, but that role will now go to Chandler. Clooney will instead play the supporting part of Scheisskopf, which gives him more time to focus on directing and producing.
Written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 tells the story of Yossarian (Abbott), a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, 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 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.
Chandler’s Colonel Cathcart is a man that takes himself very seriously. Clooney’s Scheisskopf is a training commander at cadet school in California. Ambitious, humorless, inept, angry, and obsessed with parades and winning parade tournaments. While at cadet school he makes the men’s lives a living nightmare. Deep down he’s just an angry idiot and thinks there’s no real danger he’ll ever be sent overseas. Then, the unthinkable happens..he’s sent overseas and straight back into Yossarian’s life.
Hugh Laurie was previously announced to portray Major de Coverley. Clooney and Heslov will direct the series alongside Ellen Kuras as well as executive produce under their Smokehouse Pictures.
Catch-22 was previously adapted into a film in 1970 starring Alan Arkin as Yossarian and Martin Balsam as Cathcart. Mike Nichols directed the film with Buck Henry adapting the novel for the screen.
Recently seen in the hit comedy Game Night, Chandler won a lead actor in a drama series Emmy for his portrayal of Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights and garnered himself two more Emmy nominations for Netflix’s Bloodline. Chandler can be seen next in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s drama First Man from director Damien Chazelle and recently wrapped production on Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Chandler is represented by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern