James Franco now can add “Hulu leading man” to his ever-expanding list of job titles.
The actor has joined the streaming video service’s upcoming series based on Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63, Hulu announced Thursday.
Franco will star in/produce the nine-episode project, which follows his character, high school English teacher Jake Epping, as he travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Per the series’ official synopsis, Epping’s mission becomes complicated by Lee Harvey Oswald, a romantic entanglement and the past’s stubborn determination to stay as-is.
11/22/63‘s screenplay will be written by Bridge Carpenter (Friday Night Lights), who will produce the series alongside Franco, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Hulu gave the project a straight-to-series order in September.
Oscar nominee Franco’s TV credits include Freaks and Geeks, The Mindy Project and a head-scratching turn on daytime’s General Hospital. His major film roles include Aron Ralston in 127 Hours and Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man series.
In addition to his acting career, Franco also directs, writes, produces and teaches college and acting courses.