’11/22/63′: James Franco to star in Stephen King time-travel series

Feb. 12, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

James Franco has been cast as the lead in “11/22/63,” J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King.

Franco (“The Interview,” “127 Hours”), who is also a producer for the series, will portray high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy.

James Franco has been cast as the lead in "11/22/63," J.J. Abrams' new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

James Franco has been cast as the lead in “11/22/63,” J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The nine-hour event series based on King’s thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions.

Abrams, the creative mind behind the likes of “Lost” and “Fringe,” is no stranger to bizarre tales of time-travel and parallel realities, and it seems this series will be no exception. In King’s “11/22/63,” published in 2011, Epping’s quest to save JFK is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change.

Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits include “The Red Road,” “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” — is penning the teleplay based on the novel and will executive produce along with King, Abrams and Bryan Burk (“Lost”).

For his part, King said last year “11/22/63″ was meant for the small screen.

“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, ’11/22/63′ is it,” he said.

What do you think about Franco’s casting? Sound off in the comments section below.

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3 Responses to ’11/22/63′: James Franco to star in Stephen King time-travel series

  1. Mike says:

    I LOVED that book and I think James Franco is perfect. I don't think he's unusually tall, as Jake Epping was in the book, but I thought it was a sort of needless and distracting characteristic of the character anyway. I kept thinking of who might be good for the role and wow, a great choice! I only hope they are able to get some serious look-alikes for Oswald, the Kennedy's, and other famous people in the novel. It's almost always a let down when actors are used in cameos for famous people and they look nothing like them. That should be the first qualification. Doppelgangers are everywhere, after all.

  2. Anon says:

    loved the book. Hope Lily Rabe is cast as Jake's love interest. She is physically perfect and so talented.

  3. stunbunny says:

    This already sounds funnier than The Interview. I can't wait!

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