It looks like Hulu’s Catch-22 limited series is going through a bit of an acting shuffle. According to a new report from Variety, actor Kyle Chandler has just joined the cast of the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical war novel. The interesting part, however, is that he is taking on the role of Colonel Cathcart, the ambitious officer who is constantly raising the number of required missions before the soldiers can return home.
Chandler has made a name for himself as a solid character film actor but has more recently starred in another streaming service series, Bloodline. Catch-22 is set to continue that trend of his, though due to the time-hoppy and ensemble nature of the source material, it’s not quite clear just how prominent of a role it will ultimately be.
Originally set to play Cathcart was George Clooney, who is co-directing and executive producing the series. He has, instead, hopped over to the character of Scheisskopf, who starts out in the story as a Lieutenant before making his way to General.
This six-part limited series is based on the novel of the same name from Joseph Heller. Below is the official synopsis for the novel:
“Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is 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 excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.”
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