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Hulu’s Stephen King Series ’11/22/63′ Taps Director Kevin Macdonald

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Hulu’s Stephen King Series ’11/22/63′ Taps Director Kevin Macdonald

“The Last King of Scotland” and “State of Play” director Kevin Macdonald will helm the first two episodes of  “11/22/63,” the Hulu adaptation of Stephen King’s time-travel thriller.

Produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, the nine-hour miniseries stars James Franco as Jake Epping, a divorced high-school English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that takes him to 1958, where he sets out to prevent the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President Kennedy. However, his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and the past itself.

With the news of Macdonald as a director and executive producer, Hulu also revealed numerous casting announcements: Chris Cooper as Al Templeton, the owner of Al’s diner and a mentor to Epping; Daniel Webber as Lee Harvey Oswald; Sarah Gadon as Sadie Duhill, the 1960s librarian who falls in love with Epping; Cherry Jones as Marguerite Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother; George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, a young, guileless bartender from 1960s Kentucky who becomes Jake’s ally; Lucy Fry as Marina Oswald, Oswald’s Russian wife; and Leon Rippy as Harry Dunning, a kind, soft-spoken and damaged janitor at Jake’s school in 2015,

Hulu hasn’t announced a premiere date.

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