James Franco Is a Time Traveler in Excellent New ’11.22.63’ Trailer

     January 9, 2016


After a series of tantalizing teasers, Hulu has released the full official trailer for the event series 11.22.63, and it’s pretty great. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, 11.22.63 revolves around a high school English teacher (James Franco) who goes back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His mission is complicated by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love, and the past itself not wanting to be changed.

As I said, we’ve seen a number of teasers for this show already, but this full trailer does a fantastic job of setting up the premise in an eerily fascinating way and making the series seem wildly compelling, even if we can already kind of guess the outcome. The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald helmed the show’s first episode, while Franco himself directs the eight-part series’ fifth installment. With J.J. Abrams serving as executive producer alongside King and Bryan Burk, and Friday Night Lights alum Bridget Carpenter acting as showrunner and executive producer, the series certainly has the behind-the-scenes potential, so here’s hoping the miniseries delivers a solid adaptation of King’s novel.

Watch the new trailer below. The show also stars Daniel Webber, Sarah Gadon, Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry, Leon Rippy, and Brooklyn Sudano. The first episode of 11.22.63 debuts on February 15th, President’s Day.

Here’s the official synopsis for 11.22.63:

11.22.63 follows JAKE EPPING, an ordinary high school teacher, into a “rabbit hole” that leads back to 1960. His mission – to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Jake travels back in time, willing to live in the past, in order to solve perhaps the greatest mystery of the 20th century: who killed JFK? And could it have been stopped?  But as Jake fights to save Kennedy’s life, he discovers an enemy he never could have expected – the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed.  It will throw anything into Jake’s path to stop him.


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