James Franco is starring in the main role of a new TV mini-series based on the Sci-Fi thriller novel 11/22/63 written by Stephen King.
Back in 2011 Stephen King published a Sci-Fi thriller, which centers around a fictional character, named Jake Epping. The recently divorced Jake is an English teacher, who is actually a time-traveler intended to travel back in time in order to try to prevent the events that eventually led to the infamous assassination of the 35th President of the US, John F. Kennedy.
The 37 year old James Franco was cast to portray the main character in the TV series adaptation of the novel, which premiered on the 15th of February this year on Hulu. Franco is portraying Epping, who is trying to change the American history by preventing Lee Harvey Oswald from murdering Kennedy on 11/22/63 – the fateful date, which is also the name of Stephen King’s novel and the new TV series. The mini TV series are also starring Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry and Daniel Webber as the main antagonist, Lee Harvey Oswald. The project is produced by Franco himself, J. J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bryan Burk, and Bridget Carpenter.
The project is currently planned as mini-series and will feature a total of 9 episodes. However, the developers stated that if the season is well received by the audience, there might be a renewal option for a second season of 11/22/63. According to them, the second season could feature Franco and his time traveling skills centered around another historical event with the same importance for American history. If everything goes well, this series might follow the path of Under The Dome – CBS’s Sci-Fi series based on another one of King’s novels, which aired for 3 seasons and evolved beyond the initial idea.