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James Franco to Star in Hulu’s 11/22/63 Adaptation

Back in September of last year, we learned that Hulu had greenlit “11/22/63″ – a new Hulu Original from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television. Now we know who the star of the nine-hour miniseries is going to be, and it’s a very familiar face.

Per THR, Oscar nominee James Franco (127 Hours, “Freaks and Geeks”) will both produce and star.  Based on King’s bestseller, “11/22/63” is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love, and the past itself… which doesn’t want to be changed.

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Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) will pen the script and exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Abrams’ Bad Robot is under an overall deal. “11/22/63” marks the first collaboration for Abrams with Hulu, which will be the Stateside home for the series. Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.

A premiere date for “11/22/63” has not yet been announced so stay tuned!

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Written by Debi Moore

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