If you thought all that George Clooney was doing nowadays was just those Nespresso ads, you're dead wrong.
As it turns out, Clooney's been working on an adaptation of Joseph Heller's 'Catch-22', the iconic satire on World War II and satire itself. As well as exec-producing and starring in it, Clooney's also directed a number of episodes in the six-part miniseries.
Clooney plays Lt. General Scheisskopf (yes, that's what you think it means), whilst Hugh Laurie plays Major de Coverley and Kyle Chandler plays Colonel Catchart. The lead character, Captain Yossarian, is played by 'The Sinner' alum Christopher Abbott. For those who never read 'Catch-22', here's a general rundown.
Captain Yossarian is a US Air Force bombardier pilot who's become increasingly deranged in an already-deranged environment, and does whatever he can to keep himself out of danger. The problem, however, is that he's caught up in a sinister bureaucracy called Catch-22.
What's that? It's 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.
Hence, Catch-22. The series will first debut on Hulu in the US on May 17th and then be broadcast on Channel 4 shortly thereafter.