James Franco Cast as Lead in Stephen King Time Travel Series 11/22/63
James Franco has officially accepted the lead role in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's time travel novel 11/22/63. He will also serve as a producer on the original series from Hulu, which will also be helmed by J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV.
11/22/63 follows Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who discovers a portal that allows him to travel back to a specific time on a specific date in 1958. He decides to stay there for five years in order to prevent the Kennedy assassination, which he believes will then prevent the Vietnam War and the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, which will, in turn, save the world. When he (spoiler!) prevents the assassination and returns to the present, he discovers that the United States has been ravaged by nuclear holocaust.
Friday Night Lights and Parenthood EP Bridget Carpenter will write and executive produce. It will supposedly be a nine episode-long event series, although we're sure that high ratings could convince Hulu to extend that order. When the series was first announced, King said, "If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it."