George Clooney Pulls On His Camos In The First Trailer For Catch-22

By Brad Nash
13 February 2019
Catch-22, George Clooney
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Telling one of the most intriguing stories of World War II

You'd think just about every angle of the classic war genre has pretty much been covered by now.

We've had brutal, harrowing tales of sacrifice in the likes of Saving Private Ryan and Hacksaw Ridge, we've had personable tales of camaraderie in Band of Brothers and The Pacific, and we've also had satirical examinations of the Military Industrial Complex in films like War Machine.

George Clooney's latest TV special, however, examines an entirely new front experienced by so many during World War II: one where soldiers on the ground fought a constant battle against bureaucratic red tape, incompetent leadership, and perhaps most importantly, their own degrading mental health.


Catch-22 is an adaptation of Joseph Heller's satirical war novel of the same name, first published in 1961. It tells the story of "Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is 'to come down alive'", according to Hulu's synopsis.

"His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse, because Colonel Cathcart keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly.

"More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is "Catch-22", a military by-law which states that if you fly your missions, you’re crazy, and don’t have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you ask not to, then you’re sane, and so you have to fly them."

While the story is set in World War II and based on Heller's own experiences as a Bombadier officer, Heller has often stated that the book was more inspired by the events of the Korean War and the ongoing Cold War than any other conflict. We're sure there's plenty within the current military complex that would serve to inspire him today, were he still alive.

The cast is fronted by Clooney, who also executive produced and directed the series, who plays the war and parade-obsessed Lieutenant Scheisskopf, while the story's protagonist, Yossarian, is played by First Man and The Sinner's Christopher Abbott.

The all-star cast is rounded out by Hugh Laurie, who plays mellow, slightly checked-out Major de Coverley, and Kyle Chandler as Colonel Cathcart: an ambitious colonel who's willing to put his own men through hell in order to fulfil his obsession with becoming a general.

Via GQ Australia