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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