If you were worried Hulu’s adaptation of “Catch-22” won’t capture the sardonic humor of Joseph Heller‘s iconic World War II novel, fear not. The new trailer, released Wednesday, is a nearly two-minute capsule of satire, morbid humor and George Clooney‘s mustache.
The clip wastes no time explaining what a catch-22 is to those unfamiliar with the phrase or who’ve never read the 1961 novel. Essentially, as Christopher Abbott‘s Capt. John Yossarian learns, the maddening paradoxical rule states that not wanting to die on duty indicates a person is sane and is thus therefore ineligible to be relieved from duty. “That’s some catch, that catch-22,” he says.
Unlike the first teaser trailer, which focused more on the prestige factor of the upcoming limited series — executive-produced by Clooney and Grant Heslov — this one totally plays up the dark humor that’s made Heller’s tome a classic. There’s a quippy “Who’s on first?”-esque exchange between Clooney and Lewis Pullman, a confused Hugh Laurie stumbling into a Nazi meeting, a plane full of goats, and that ‘stache. It’s not one of the biggest screen ‘staches, but the salt-and-pepper-ness of it really makes it sing.
Clooney, who also directed the show, was originally set to play Col. Cathcart, but later demoted himself the smaller role of Scheisskopf to accommodate his directing duties; Kyle Chandler replaced him as Cathcart. The cast also includes Oscar nominee Giancarlo Giannini, Daniel David Stewart (“Spring Awakening”), Tessa Ferrer (Clooney’s cousin), Rafi Gavron (“A Star Is Born”) and Heslov. This is Clooney’s first TV role since he left “ER” in 1999.
All six episodes of “Catch-22” will drop on Friday, May 17, just in time for the final two weeks of Emmy voting. The series is currently just outside the predicted top five in sixth place in our Best Limited Series odds.
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