By Sahil Patel
Hulu’s “11/22/63,” an original miniseries about the JFK assassination, has added seven actors including Oscar winner Chris Cooper to its cast. Another Oscar winner, Kevin Macdonald, who directed the “The Last King of Scotland” and “One Day in September,” has also come on board to direct and executive produce the first two episodes.
The nine-hour adaptation, based on a 2011 best-selling novel from Stephen King, centers on a high school teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Once in the past, his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, a new love interest, and a past that does not want to be changed.
James Franco was previously signed to play the lead in the series, which comes from filmmaker JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, King, and Warner Bros. Television.
Cooper has signed on to play a mentor and friend to Franco’s character. Other new cast members include Sarah Gadon, Daniel Webber, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry, and Leon Rippy.
Executive producers for “11/22/63” include Abrams, writer Bridget Carpenter, King, and Franco.
Hulu has not revealed the premiere date for the series, though more information is expected during its Newfront on April 29 in New York.