A World War II pilot will do just about anything to escape the battlefield in the trailer for Hulu’s dark comedy, Catch-22.

Based on the classic Joseph Heller novel of the same name, the limited series follows Christopher Abbott as John Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who is desperate to be relieved from military duty. But he’s up against the Catch-22—the sinister bureaucratic rule that extends the service time of those who appeal their missions.

The series infuses a considerable amount of the novel’s morbid humor, which is threaded throughout the series’ official trailler. It also previews the obstacles Yossarian will face, including the overly-enthusiastic training officer Scheisskopf, played by co-director and executive producer George Clooney.

In addition to Abbott and Clooney, Catch-22 will include plenty of other familiar faces like Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, Giancarlo Giannini, and more. Clooney and Grant Heslov executive produce on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michôd are co-writers and executive producers for the series.

Key art for 'Catch-22' [Hulu].
Key art for ‘Catch-22’ [Hulu].

All six episodes premiere Friday, May 17 on Hulu.

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