Joseph Heller’s novel ‘Catch-22’ is hailed as one of the best and most important pieces of literary work of the past century. Set in the Second World War, it is a satire that will probably never lose the status of being a classic due to the perpetual relevance of its material. No matter what war and era you choose to set the story in, it’ll always make sense.
Hulu recognized the opportunity to bring it on the screen when Luke Davies and David Michôd started working on the script. Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Ellen Kuras (the three of them also serving as directors), Davies, Michôd, Richard Brown and Steven Golin, the six-part series is shot in Italy. It follows the story of the soldiers in 256th Bombardment Squadron of the Air Army Corps, mainly told from the point of view of young Captain, John Yossarian.
Catch-22 Cast: Who is in It?
The cast includes the names of refined actors like Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie and George Clooney, as well as other lesser known names but with a good track record. Due to a large number of characters, the list of actors is long indeed. Here is a sum-up of the ones with major roles.
The lead character of the show is John Yossarian, a bombardier who “has decided to live forever, or die in the attempt”. Christopher Abbott portrays the role of this unique personality with whom a lot of people can relate themselves. Abbott’s acting debut on-screen came in the form of ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’, alongside Elizabeth Olsen. He has since appeared in acclaimed movies and TV shows like ‘James White’, HBO’s comedy ‘Girls’, ‘The Sinner’, ‘First Man’, ‘A Most Violent Year’, ‘It Comes at Night’ and ‘Vox Lux’, to name a few. He also has extensive experience working in theatre.
Kyle Chandler plays the role of Colonel Cathcart, a man who is constantly fidgeting with the idea of what can get him a promotion. He is also problematic to his soldiers because it is because of him that they can’t go home. Chandler has a lot of great acting credits to his name. From indie films to popular TV shows, he has worked his way through every form of entertainment. Some of his best-known works include titles such as Academy Award-nominated movies like ‘Manchester By the Sea’, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Carol’ and ‘First Man’. In TV, he is known for his leading roles in ‘Bloodline’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’.