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Hulu announced today that Emmy-winning actor Kyle Chandler has joined the cast of Catch-22, from Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
Chandler won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Coach Taylor on the critically acclaimed series Friday Night Lights in addition to receiving back to back Primetime Emmy nominations for his performance in Bloodline. He will be seen be next in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s drama First Man from Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle. The film, which is based off James Hansen’s biography “First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” follows Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon and recently wrapped production on the next installment in the Godzilla MonsterVerse.
Catch-22 will be executive produced by Clooney (who will also play a training commander named Scheisskopf in the series) and Grant Heslov on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michôd are co-writers and executive producers for the series. Clooney will direct the series alongside Heslov. Ellen Kuras will serve as producer and direct two episodes. It was previously announced Hugh Laurie will play Major de Coverley.
Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II 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 is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and The Gersh Agency.