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The upcoming Hulu adaptation of Stephen King's novel "11/22/63" just got a major dose of star power: Oscar nominee James Franco will play the male lead.

Franco will star as Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Naturally, a host of complications ensue.

In addition to starring, Franco will also produce the nine-hour series. J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot is also producing.

"If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event-TV programming, '11/22/63' is it," King said at the time the series was announced.

No word yet on when "11/22/63" is expected to debut.

[via: Variety]

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