Franco, James: Star of Stephen King’s New TV Series 11/22/63

James Franco, the star of  “The Interview” has been cast as the lead in Hulu’s original series 11/22/63, adapted from Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller of the same name.

Franco, who also will serve as producer on the nine-hour miniseries, will play the lead role of Epping in the time-travel Kennedy assassination thriller from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. and Warner TV.

The project, which marks the first original programming collaboration between Hulu and WBTV, is described as “part thriller, part love story.”

King noted, “If I ever wrote a book that cries out for longform, event-TV programming, 11/22/63 is it.” King serves as exec producer with Abrams and writer Bridget Carpenter.