James Franco to Lead J.J. Abrams' Hulu Adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63

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.

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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.

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Oscar nominee Franco’s TV credits include Freaks and GeeksThe 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.

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  1. This is by far my favorite Stephen King book. They got a great leading man. Hope this is good.

    • James says:

      I hope is great book and story. Is scary as most of King things? Stephen is real King. And JJ love time-travel shows.

      • Annie says:

        Not scary as in more well known King works. But gripping and fraught in a whole other, and I think terribly effective way. Looking forward to this. I don’t usually care for Franco but my first reaction was “yeah, I can see that.”

  2. disonba3 says:

    LOVE him!!! I believe that his two best roles are
    Tristan and Isolde, and mad Franko on General Hospital! Roger Howarth is good but he just dose’nt have what J. Franco does!

  3. James says:

    Hulu to compete with netflix now.ANd broadcast tv never will be the same now. All talents go to cable shows that is wgy broadcast tv is DEAD and in decline.

  4. kd86953 says:

    AH! I had nooooo clue this was being adapted! This is a fantaaaastic book and Franco is a great pick! Now I can’t wait to see who they pick to play Sadie!

  5. Matt says:

    I was all in until Franco

  6. krawhitham says:

    NO NO NO NO, I love that book and now this, what a let down.