Stephen King's Hulu Series '11/22/63' Gets More Cast Announcements And A Director


Upcoming Hulu mini-series, 11/22/63, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, announced more cast members today for the project, along with the director.

Joining actor James Franco on the project is Oscar-winner Chris Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Cherry Jones with Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) set to direct.

11/22/63 tells the story of a high school teacher, Jake Epping (Franco), given the opportunity of traveling back in time to the fateful day that saw the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That man could change the world by saving Kennedy, but altering history comes with a price. He sees his mission threatened not just by Lee Harvey Oswald, but also by the woman he falls in love with, Sadie (Gadon).

Filling out the cast is Daniel Webber (K-9, Home and Away) as Oswald, Jones as Oswald's mother and George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, a bartender in the past that becomes a friend of Jake's. Cooper portrays Al Templeton, the owner of the diner that sends Jake back in time and acts as Jake's mentor.

Academy Award winner Macdonald will direct and executive produce the first two hours of the show.

King's novel made The New York Times Top 15 books of 2012 list after it was published.

"If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it," says King. "I'm excited that it's going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team."

Hulu has not yet released a date for the premiere of the series, having just announced it last September.

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot will produce the full nine-episode mini-series. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Star Wars) also recently admitted that he's a fan of King's novels.

"I've been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school," says Abrams. "The chance to work with him at all, let alone on a story so compelling, emotional and imaginative, is a dream. We are thrilled to be working with Hulu on this very special project."

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