James Franco, who got his start on 1999’s cult-favorite TV show Freaks and Geeks, is set to return to the small screen. He’ll star as Jake Epping in the Hulu original series 11/22/63, based on Stephen King’s 2011 novel.
Described as “part thriller, part love story,” the series follows the life of a high school English teacher enlisted in a time travel plot to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Franco shouldn’t have trouble finding inspiration for his teacher role – the actor is currently teaching courses at UCLA, CAL ARTS and USC.
J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions is producing the nine-hour series. Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President, Head of Content, wrote on the site’s blog: “This direct-to-series order marks a monumental deal for Hulu as we partner with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time.
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