Based on Stephen King’s novel about going back in time to try to save JFK, premieres Feb 15th
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2/14/2016) – James Franco: “I read pretty fast I just loved it so much,” says 11.22.63 star James Franco. “I actually had a friend who knew Stephen King and I emailed immediately. I wanted to do something with this. I hear he’s very generous with his options. He said, yeah, sorry, J.J. Abrams has it. I said guess I won’t be doing that. Not long after that I got an email from J.J. asking if I wanted to be in it.”
Franco is too young to have been around at the time of the assassination of JFK. “I wasn’t alive when it happened,” says Franco. “It’s a big event, but in a weird way it’s almost become like legend or something for my generation. This story and this approach is so great because it’s a fresh way in. We’re not exactly telling a history lesson. With Jake Epping you have a new in to the story.”
Would you go back and Save JFK from being killed if you could? King thinks about things differently. How would America have been different if JFK had not died? Would his brother have died? Would we have been involved in the Vietnam war? The show doesn’t waver from trying to save JFK. It also shows the repercussions of trying to save JFK. Some are pretty violent. The visuals are over the top. The story unfolds slowly, but had it moved more slowly some of the unexplained details might have been explained. The idea is intriguing and for that reason it’s interesting to watch.
Maine 2015 Jake Epping (James Franco) is a high school teacher learns his friend and local diner owner Al (Chris Cooper) there is a closet that will transport you back to and if you walk into it, you pop out the other side October 21 at 11:58 a.m. 1960. Jake freaks out, but once he calms down he’s game to go back in time to try to stop the assassination of JFK. He’s got nothing to loose he’s getting devorced and he can’t compete with the technology his students are obsessed with. With help from Al can Jake actually change history?
11.22.63 is based on the book by Stephen King. Directed and executive produced by J.J. Abrams with James Franco as a producer and actor in this eight-episode series.
- James Franco as Jake Epping
- Chris Cooper as Al Templeton
- Cherry Jones as Marguerite Oswald
- Sarah Gadon as Sadie Dunhill
- Lucy Fry as Marina Oswald
- Kevin J. O’Connor as the Yellow Card Man
- George MacKay as Bill Turcotte