Hulu has dropped the second teaser trailer for 11.22.63, their new 8-part drama series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. James Franco stars as High School history teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time in an attempt to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The success of his attempt to tinker with time comes under threat from Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love, and the past – which doesn’t always want to be altered.
The second trailer for the 11.22.63 series can be viewed, above. For those who missed it, you can also watch the first 11.22.63 teaser trailer HERE.
Joining Franco in the cast lineup are Chris Cooper (Adaptation), Josh Duhamel (Tranformers), T.R. Knight (42), Cherry Jones (The Village), Sarah Gadon (Maps to the Stars), Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy), George MacKay (Pride), and Daniel Webber (Sleeping Beauty). The first two hours of the drama are directed and produced by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland). Stephen King and J.J. Abrams (yes, that one) are among the executive producers for the series.
As is the case with a lot of King’s literary works, the 11.22.63 book was very well received upon publication, and has a strong legion of fans who will be eager to see this adaptation. Couple this with the fact that Abrams’ name is attached, and this series could well be quite the blockbuster for Hulu. In fact, it’s already their most high-profile original series so far and no doubt the channel will be looking to emulate the success of fellow streaming channel Netflix, which has seen several large scale hits on its hands (see Daredevil and Jessica Jones) and/or critically-acclaimed original series alike (see Master of None), in 2015 alone.
The trailer certainly makes 11.22.63 look promising. It’s very cleverly made, giving glimpses of the day JFK died, specifically the field, the car and the gun used to kill the President; all run backwards. The story surrounding JFK is one that continues to fascinate a lot of people, and is yet another reason why this dramatic thriller could draw quite the audience when it arrives on (small) screens early next year.
11.22.63 will make its debut on Presidents Day (very appropriate, that), February 15th, 2016, on Hulu.