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    Kyle Chandler joins George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

    Kyle Chandler will take over George Clooney’s original role.
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    Kyle Chandler will take over George Clooney’s original role.

    The “Catch-22” miniseries based on Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel is taking form, and I’m optimistic so far. George Clooney has pulled the project together, and he will direct, executive produce, and act in it. Luke Davies and David Michod have written the screenplay.

    The latest big development is the casting of Kyle Chandler, who is taking over Clooney’s part in the adaptation. Clooney was originally set to play Colonel Cathcart, who was played by Martin Balsam in the 1970 movie adaptation. But he is stepping back into a lesser role — Scheisskopf — to give himself more time for his other duties. Chandler won an Emmy for his lead work in “Friday Night Lights.”

    Christopher Abbott, from “Girls” and “The Sinner,” will play Yossarian, who was played by Alan Arkin in the movie. And Hugh Laurie will play Major de Coverley. The six episodes will air on


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