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George Clooney has been an A-list movie star for nearly two decades, but the actor is now returning to prime time.
Clooney's younger fans might not remember the lauded actor actually got his start on the small screen, spending over 100 episodes as ER's Doug Ross. But now, like so many movie stars before him, Clooney is heading back to TV as the lead in an adaptation of the classic war novel Catch-22. For those who don't know, here's a quick run-down of the book (and now, Clooney-helmed project): Yossarian is an air force captain during World War II who is disillusioned by the fighting, frustrated that he seems to be nothing more than a cog in the wheel of violence that threatens his life for the gain of those above him. Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart, the officer over Yossarian who sees the war as an opportunity to move up the ranks. Clooney won't just be an actor on the project, he's also slated to direct the six-part series, which will begin shooting sometime next year, according to Deadline.
The limited series must be a passion project for Clooney, as he explained in a recent interview, an investment has given him enough money to forgo any future acting projects. "Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion f** dollars," he explained to The Sunday Times.* "I don’t need money.”
Still, this new role does seem to fit with some self-reflection the actor has done about what parts work for him as an actor in his late 50s. “Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore," he explained. In Catch-22, he can be the guy who gets the military titles instead.
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