As if J.J. Abrams didn’t have his name in the spotlight enough already with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s got yet another big project attached to his name. The second trailer has now been released for Stephen King’s 11.22.63, which is executive produced by Abrams and stars James Franco, and the trailer takes everyone back in time.
For those who are familiar with films that run in reverse (Memento, for instance), this one will be for you. It’s quite backwards, as Coming Soon points out, but it also brings a lot more anticipation for the eight-part event series which will air as a Hulu original.
Backwards is a bit of an understatement, since just about every single thing in the trailer for 11.22.63 runs in reverse.
The series is based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King and follows a high school history teacher named Jake Epping, who is played by James Franco. Epping travels back in time to attempt to prevent the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
As anyone who has read a novel by Stephen King should know, everything isn’t always as it seems.
During his valiant attempt to save the president, Epping ends up running into a number of obstacles including Lee Harvey Oswald and falling in love. What he doesn’t seem to realize is that the past, itself, doesn’t want to be changed and it becomes his greatest enemy.
Many movies and TV series have tacked people going back in time. The danger is always that changing the past can severely alter the future. It isn’t often that the past itself is fighting to stay intact and preserve the way things have already been put in place.
11.22.63 also stars Chris Cooper, Lucy Fry, Josh Duhamel, Cherry Jones, T.R. Knight, Sarah Gadon, Daniel Webber, and George McKay. It is set to begin airing on Hulu on Feb. 15, 2016. As of right now, there are only eight episodes set for the series, but the potential is there for more.
Interestingly enough, 11.22.63 is going to premiere on Presidents Day in 2016.
Some are showing concern that this will be an event series filled with horror, but the novel was not your typical work from Stephen King. It went away from the horror genre, taking on the form of a historical piece combined with science fiction.
King has often said that he thoroughly enjoyed writing the novel as it made him feel as if he could have done something to change the world.
Unfortunately, all episodes of 11.22.63 won’t be released right away, which will force fans to wait a bit for each new chapter. The eight parts will be released on a weekly basis, but that is how Hulu normally releases a series, in contrast to Netflix, which usually releases a whole season at once.
Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Black Sea) directed the first two episodes.
The new trailer for Stephen King’s 11.22.63 is making many even more anxious for the series to begin on Hulu, but there are still two months left to go. The excitement is building to see if James Franco can battle Lee Harvey Oswald, and time itself, to change the past.
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