Catch-22, Hulu’s high-profile limited series co-starring and directed by George Clooney, has cast its Merry Band. Daniel David Stewart (The Band’s Visit), Austin Stowell (Battle of the Sexes), Rafi Gavron (Counterpart), Graham Patrick Martin (Major Crimes), Pico Alexander (A Most Violent Year), Jon Rudnitsky (Saturday Night Live), Gerran Howell (Young Dracula) and Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes) have joined the series, written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
Set in Italy during World War II, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
Stewart will play Milo, a quintessential Brooklyn native, possessed with the fierce determination and charm to bring his grand plans to fruition. Milo is a war profiteer who has figured out how to put himself in the Mess hall supervisor position in order to begin his trading syndicate. He is a definite charmer who can talk his way out of anything.
Stowell will portray Nately, Yossarian’s closest friend. He is someone who had lived his young life without trauma and is in love with Clara, a prostitute in Rome.
Gavron will play Aarfy, Yossarian’s navigator who is frequently lost. When he starts recounting stories we get a glimpse into his darker mind and soon see it manifest on a weekend away.
Martin will portray Orr, Yossarian’s tentmate, and pilot of another plane in Yossarian’s squadron. Orr is very well liked and has a goofy demeanor; he is also a great handyman who has a specific skill set to see him through the war.
Alexander will play Clevinger, the pilot of another plane. He and Yossarian enjoy each other’s company, yet each believes the other is a fool for holding the worldview he holds.
Rudnitsky is McWatt, Yossarian’s pilot. He is a prankster who in his spare time likes to fly too low to any and all structures. He thinks he understands how the world works and is not afraid to give his opinions about it.
Howell will play Kid Sampson, McWatt’s shy, boyish co-pilot, whose unspectacular and unremarkable life will end – spectacularly and remarkably – at McWatt’s hands.
Pullman is Major Major, an Air Corps Cadet who later becomes Squadron Commander. He has never had friends and tries to figure out the best way to go unnoticed through the war.
Clooney plays Scheisskopf and will direct the series alongside Grant Heslov and Ellen Kuras. Clooney and Heslov executive produce via Smokehouse Pictures alongside Davies and Michôd as well as Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin. Kuras is a producer. Kyle Chandler co-stars as Colonel Cathcart.
Stewart, perhaps best known for his work on Broadway, starred in David Cromer’s Our Town with Helen Hunt, the Tony nominated cast of the Spring Awakening revival and originated the role of Papi in The Band’s Visit opposite Tony Shalhoub. Stewart is repped by TCA, Insight and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Stowell’s film credits include Battle of the Sexes, Whiplash and Bridge of Spies. On TV, he played the role of Sean O’Bannon on TNT’s Public Morals, among other credits. He’s repped by CAA and Fourward.
Gavron currently recurs in Starz’s Counterpart and also is set for a recurring role on Amazon’s upcoming series Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts. He’ll next be seen on film in Warner Bros musical drama A Star is Born. He’s repped by Affirmative Entertainment, Greene & Associates and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
Martin is known for his starring role as Rusty Beck on Major Crimes and he recently guest-starred on The Good Doctor. He’s repped by Hyperion and Untitled Entertainment.
Alexander’s credits include features A Most Violent Year and Alpha House and guest roles on Orange Is The New Black, Blue Bloods and Unforgettable. He’s repped by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant.
Rudnitsky’s credits include Saturday Night Live and feature Home Again. He most recently appeared in a guest role on Champions. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360.
Howell played the lead role of Vlad for five seasons on BBC’s Young Dracula. His other TV credits include Emerald City, and guest roles on Genius: Picasso, This Country and Strike Back. Feature work includes Crusade in Jeans and Queen & Country. He’s repped by Alchemy Entertainment, Denton Brierley, and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.
Pullman’s film credits include Battle of the Sexes, Lean on Pete and The Ballad of Lefty Brown. He’ll next be seen in the role of Miles opposite Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth in Fox’s upcoming feature Bad Times At The El Royale set for release October 5. He’s repped by Anonymous Content and ICM Partners.