James Franco is set to go back in time on a Mission: Impossible an impossible mission when Hulu debuts their upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11.22.63.
The eight-part event series stars Franco as freshly-divorced high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While there, his mission is complicated by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love, and what the new poster says below: “When you fight the past, the past fights back.” Apparently, early buzz for the Hulu series has been really positive.
Ahead of 11.22.63’s premiere on Presidents Day (Feb. 15), Entertainment Weekly has released the first clip featuring Chris Cooper’s diner owner Al (Jake’s time-travel mentor) having a bit of a chat with Jake about his research into JFK’s assassination, including Lee Harvey Oswald’s involvement in the murder. “Guy didn’t make sense. U.S. Marine, defected to Russia, came back. But everyone who wrote about Oswald studied him after the assassination. I saw him before. I saw him when he came back from Russia in 1962.”
Check out the clip:
Based on Stephen King’s 2011 New York Times bestselling novel, 11.22.63 also stars Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber. The first two hours are being helmed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) while James Franco will direct Episode 5. The show's executive producers include J.J. Abrams and Stephen King alongside Bryan Burk.
Will you check out 11.22.63 when the series premieres on Hulu Feb. 15?