Hulu has given a short first look at its nine-hour limited event series, “11.22.63.”
The show is based on the Stephen King novel and stars James Franco as Jake Epping, a modern-day English teacher who is tasked with going back in time and stopping Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating the president.
“I’m going to tell you something that might seem crazy. You go through there, it’s 1960. I need you to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy,” teases a voice — presumably that of Chris Cooper’s Al Templeton, the owner of the diner with the portal that allows Jake to teleport in time.
Like in the book, Jake can only travel back to a certain point in time. This means he has to live in the past for a number of years leading up to the assassination. Along with his mission being threatened by Oswald himself and falling in love, Jake wrestles with time itself as it works to stop him from making any changes.
J.J. Abrams, King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk are executive producing the series and Kevin Macdonald (“Last King of Scotland,” “State of Play”) executive produces and directs the first two hours.
“11.22.63” also stars Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber.
The show will premiere on Presidents’ Day on Hulu.