Actor Hugh Laurie has joined a high-profile TV drama project that already features fellow A-lister George Clooney. The former “House” star will play Major de Coverly in Hulu’s six-part limited series adaptation of “Catch-22.”
Major de Coverley is the squadron executive officer on Pianosa air base.
Clooney is an executive producer on the project from Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, Clooney and Grant Heslov. Clooney is also playing Col. Cathcart.
Clooney and Heslov will executive produce on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michod are co-writers and executive producers for the series.
Hulu describes the project this way in its announcement:
“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.”