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James Franco is cast in Stephen King's '11/22/63'

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A famous actor has been cast as the lead in the upcoming TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “11/22/63.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, James Franco of “The Interview” will play protagonist Jake Epping in the Hulu adaptation of King’s novel.

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As we previously reported, the series will be nine hours long and Bridget Carpenter of “Parenthood” is adapting the book for the small screen. 

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The novel tells the story of an English teacher who goes back in time to try to stop the Kennedy assassination. 

Franco recently directed a film adaptation of “The Sound and the Fury” as as well as “As I Lay Dying” and has also starred in such films as “This Is the End” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.”