James Franco Set to Star in Adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63

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Are you an aspiring writer? Take note of Stephen King. The guy is one of the greats and he still churns out, like, five books a year. It’s insanity. One of his more recent works, 11/22/63, is being turned into a Hulu mini-series produced by J.J. Abrams and Bridget Carpenter. And now it has its lead man: James Franco.

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“Adapted for television by Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road), 11/22/63 centers on Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.” (Description via Deadline)

Deadline also notes that there’s a possibility for sequels down the line, depending on how well the series does for Hulu.

Franco has a tendency to sleepwalk through some of his roles, but this seems like another prime opportunity for him to show off his acting chops. And since his best role to do this day was on TV as Daniel in the short-lived classic Freaks & Geeks, maybe returning to the medium will help reignite his mojo. Don’t let us down, Mr. Desario.

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One of Shawn Eastridge's earliest memories is sneaking out of bed during naptime at the age of 4 to watch Superman II for the first time. Between that and repeat viewings of Back to the Future and Return of the Jedi, his life has been a downward spiral ever since. Shawn loves all things movies, music, books, video games, and TV and he will find any and every excuse to discuss all of these things as often as possible. He's been writing film reviews for the past seven years and has a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema/Television. He hopes to one day get paid to discuss all the things that make him geek out on a regular basis. He is currently the full-time Social Media specialist for a trade association. His all-time favorite TV shows are Freaks & Geeks, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, The X-Files, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Undeclared, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spaced, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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