George Clooney, who has focused on making films for the past two decades, has signed on to star in and direct a TV miniseries based on Joseph Heller's novel "Catch-22."

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Deadline.com said the "ER" TV series alum is expected to start production on the six-part Paramount Television and Anonymous Content program early next year.

The miniseries is set in Italy during World War II.

TVGuide.com said Clooney will play the role of Colonel Cathcart.

No other casting has been reported yet.

Clooney, 56, appeared in the medical drama "ER" from 1994-99.

He has since starred in dozens of films, earning one Oscar for his performance in "Syriana" and another for producing "Argo."

He also has directed movies such as "Good Night, and Good Luck," "The Monuments Men" and "Suburbicon."