Kyle Chandler Replaces George Clooney as Lead in Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’

Clooney will take smaller onscreen role in addition to directing and producing the miniseries

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler is replacing George Clooney in the lead role of Col. Cathcart in the upcoming Hulu miniseries “Catch-22,” the streaming service announced Friday.

Clooney, who is directing and producing the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s classic war satire, will be moving to the smaller role of Scheisskopf.

Scheisskopf is a training commander at a cadet school in California who is obsessed with winning parade tournaments and known as a general idiot who makes the men’s lives a living hell. Yossarian believes he’s too stupid to be sent overseas — and then he is, as Head of Operations for the entire Mediterranean Theater.

Christopher Abbott (“Girls”) stars as Yossarian, a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force during World War II who faces a constant struggle of serving in war and doing what he must in order to survive.

The cast also includes Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverley, a squadron executive officer on the Pianosa air base.

Clooney and Grant Heslov will direct alongside each other and executive produce on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, as will Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michôd serve as co-writers and executive producers for the series.

Chandler is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and The Gersh Agency.