James Franco and/or James Franco’s clone added a Hulu limited series to his impossibly full docket a while back, and the show is gearing up for release with a tantalizing first teaser trailer. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, 11.22.63 revolves around a high school English teacher 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.
Maybe not so surprisingly, the limited series adaptation comes from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, with Bridget Carpenter serving as executive producer and writer. This teaser trailer doesn’t show too much footage, but it certainly looks to be a fascinating thriller with a very Stephen King-esque twist. It’s also quite visually striking thanks to Last King of Scotland and Black Sea helmer Kevin Macdonald directing the first two hours. In all, the series is comprised of eight episodes, which is kind of neat. Plenty of folks try to adapt source material for multi-season series and the result is something that starts strong, then peters out. By limiting the show to a close-ended nature, the full story can be told without running out of steam.
Check out the teaser trailer for the Hulu Original below, which also stars Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, and Daniel Webber. 11.22.63 premieres on Hulu on President’s Day, February 15, 2016.
Here’s the official synopsis for 11.22.63:
Hulu Original series 11.22.63 is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — but his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed. Also starring Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber.