Hugh Laurie is heading back to Hulu in the upcoming limited series Catch-22. He will be co-starring alongside George Clooney who is also directing the series.
Catch-22 is based on the classic Joseph Heller novel. Set in Italy, Catch-22 tells the story of Captain John Yossarian (played by Christopher Abbott) an Air Force bombardier for the United States who is fed up with the bureaucratic Catch-22 rule. The rule 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, Deadline reports.
Laurie’s role will be that of Major de Coverleym squadron executive officer on Pianosa air base. A noble, leonine presence, like some Civil War general, de Coverley dances to the beat of his own drum. Regarded with awe by the men. He spends his time pitching horseshoes, listening to jazz on his phonograph, mixing himself martinis, and hiring apartments for the officers in every new city the Americans take.
In addition to Clooney’s direction, the series is written by Luke Davies and David Michôd and is produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.
Laurie recently completed a two-season run in the Hulu series Chance and is, perhaps, best known for his role as Dr. Gregory House on David Shore’s House. Catch-22 is expected to begin filming this year.
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