While everyone is rightfully excited about a certain Dec. 18 J.J. Abrams project, there’s another one in the pipeline that looks no less intriguing. Tied to the assassination on this date of President John F. Kennedy, the Hulu original series 11.22.63 stars James Franco as a Maine high school teacher who travels back in time to try and prevent this national tragedy.
The series is based on the 2011 novel by Stephen King. When the author spoke with NPR in November 2011, he explained that he first tried to write the book in 1971, when he himself was a high school teacher. Later on, with King finally ready to tackle the project, he undertook an extensive research process:
“When I went into this project, I knew very little about Lee Harvey Oswald,” King says. “I could have picked his face out of a lineup, and I watched him shot to death on TV two days after the Kennedy assassination, but I knew almost nothing about him.”
What he found out was disturbing: “His mother was a domineering force in his life,” King says. “Lee slept with her in her bed until he was 11, and until he was 13 years old, a weekly ritual was that he would take off all his clothes so she could look at him and see whether or not he was getting manly yet.”
Cleverly, Hulu plans to make use of a second resonant date for the launch the eight-part series. 11.22.63 will debut Monday Feb. 15, a.k.a. Presidents Day. Oswald is played in the series by Australian actor Daniel Webber.