Joseph Heller's 1961 novel takes a look into the machinery of war and the absurdity of it, by telling the story of Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier in World War II, and his commanding officer, the insane Colonel Cathcart (Kyle Chandler).
The six-part miniseries is set during World War II and follows Abbott's US Air Force bombardier Yossarian, who is desperate to flee the war and return to civilian life, but finds that bureaucracy and incompetence are keeping him from doing so.
The playful, farcical tone on display in this trailer brings to mind some of Clooney's work with the Coen Brothers, including the underrated Burn After Reading. Clooney is coming off the underwhelming feature Suburbicon, so hopefully this is a nice rebound for him as a filmmaker.
Clooney directs two episodes of the series, while his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov (The Men Who Stare At Goats) directs two and Ellen Kuras (Ozark) directs another two. When Yossarian and his fellow airmen attempt to avoid these unsafe missions, they find themselves in violation of regulation 22; a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
The cast includes Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf, Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) as Colonel Cathcart, Hugh Laurie (House) as Major de Coverley, Graham Patrick Martin (Major Crimes), Tessa Ferrer (Grey's Anatomy) and others. Based on the classic satirical novel from Joseph Heller, the six-episode limited series premieres May 17th.