TV Casting Buffet: Hugh Laurie Joins ‘Catch-22’; Eric Bana Joins ‘Dirty John’; ‘Big Little Lies’ Casting Update

Part 1 of Monday’s casting buffet, with Part 2, focusing on movie casting, to follow later today. Below find out who has joined the casts of Catch-22, Dirty John, and Big Little Lies season 2.

Hugh Laurie Joins Catch-22

Hugh Laurie has joined the cast of Hulu’s Catch-22. Laure will play Major de Coverley, a “squadron executive officer on Pianosa air base. A noble, leonine presence, like some Civil War general, de Coverley dances to the beat of his own drum. Regarded with awe by the men. He spends his time pitching horseshoes, listening to jazz on his phonograph, mixing himself martinis, and hiring apartments for the officers in every new city the Americans take.”

Here is the show’s synopsis: Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II 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.

George Clooney and Christopher Abbot are also part of the cast. Filming on the six-episode miniseries is set to begin soon.


Eric Bana Cast in Dirty John

Deadline reports that Eric Bana has joined the cast of Bravo’s true-crime anthology series, Dirty John. He will play the lead male role, John Meehan. The series focuses on “Debra Newell, an interior designer and single mom who falls in love with John Meehan (the male lead), only for their romance to devolve into secrets, denial and manipulation.” Connie Britton will play Debra Newell.

Crystal Fox and Mo McRae

Deadline has a casting update for HBO’s Big Little Lies. Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Merrin Dungey and Sarah Sokolovic are set to reprise their roles from season 1 as Abigail Carson (upped to series regular for season 2), Dr. Amanda Reisman, Detective Adrienne Quinland, and Tori Bachman (upped to series regular for season 2).

Additionally, Crystal Fox (The Haves and the Have Nots) and Mo McRae (Den of Thieves) have joined the cast for season 2. Fox will play Elizabeth Howard (a series regular) while McRae will recur as Michael Perkins. They join Meryl Streep, Douglas Smith, and Corey Brockfield as new additions.

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Adam Scott, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz will all be back in their lead roles as well.

Which casting announcement has you the most excited?