Catch-22: the first images from George Clooney’s miniseries

George Clooney is executive producing, directing and starring in a new take on Catch-22. Joseph Heller’s iconic 1961 novel will become a 6-part Hulu limited series, airing next year, and today we have the first images to share.

Joining Clooney in the cast is an impressive ensemble of talent, including Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, Giancarlo Giannini and Christopher Abbott. Clooney was originally due to play Colonel Cathcart, but he later vacated that role for Chandler and instead took on the part of Scheisskopf. Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michôd (War Machine) have penned the script.

Without further ado, then, here are the first-look images from the series…

And here’s the official synopsis…

“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.”

The series is expected to premiere in Spring 2019, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we hear more. Channel 4 has the UK broadcast rights.