J.J. Abrams' Hulu Adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63 Novel Casts Lee Harvey Oswald, 6 Other Roles

11/22/63 Casting News

Hulu’s J.J. Abrams-produced adaptation of the timey-wimey Stephen King novel 11/22/63 has cast presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, plus another half-dozen roles.

Based on King’s best-selling novel, 11/22/63 follows Jake Epping (played by James Franco), a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Ergo, you need your shooter, and Aussie actor Daniel Webber (Home and Away; above photo, left) will fill the role of Oswald. In turn, Cherry Jones (24; photo, center) and Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy) will play Oswald’s needy and difficult mother, Marguerite, and his Russian wife Marina, respectively.

Other roles that have been cast:

* Academy Award winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation; photo, right) as Al Templeton, the diner owner whose appeal to save Kennedy sends Jake on his incredible mission.

* Leon Rippy (Deadwood) as Harry Dunning, the soft-spoken and damaged janitor at Jake’s school in 2015, and whose traumatic life in the 1960s has a surprising impact on Jake.

* Sarah Gadon (Being Erica) as Sadie, a sharp librarian in 1960s Jodie, Texas, who falls in love with Jake, unaware of his origin.

* George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, a young bartender from 1960s Kentucky who becomes Jake’s ally.

Hulu has also announced that Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) will direct and executive-produce the first two hours of the nine-hour event series.

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12 Comments
  1. Annie says:

    These are excellent and exciting choices. …especially Cooper and Rippy.

  2. Steph says:

    Ugh. James Franco?

  3. CountryQueen says:

    Hopefully they’ll do a better job adapting than CBS did with Under the Dome. I thought 11/22/63 was very well written, but is probably one of my least fave Steve books (and I own them all – they fill an entire bookcase). I just was not into the story. But, as I said, very well written.

  4. Dude says:

    Love Sarah Gadon. James Franco is so wrong for the lead though and I say that as someone who actually likes him depending on the role. I know his name is a big reason this is being made in the first place but I still would prefer someone else.

  5. Karen says:

    Bill Turcotte in the book isn’t a bartender from 1960’s Kentucky. He has a completely different role and is apparently one of those random changes for no reason that people make when adapting a book to the screen. This series has the potential to go either Way, I’ll be hoping for the best.

  6. Jermey says:

    Brilliant book. One of My favorite SK books. Don’t like James Franco though.

  7. Znachki says:

    All I need to see was Chris Cooper. I am so in.