11.22.63 to Make World Premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

By staff-writers - December 7, 2015

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Hulu’s latest original series, 11.22.63, an epic new nine-hour event series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost), best-selling author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), Warner Bros. Television and Academy Award® winner director/executive producer Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play), will make its world premiere in the Special Events section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Starring and produced by James Franco, the series is set to make its official debut exclusively on Hulu on Presidents Day, February 15, 2016.


The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is one of the world’s premiere places to debut new independent films and over the course of its more than 30-year history has launched films including WhiplashBoyhood, Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale StationLittle Miss Sunshinesex, lies, and videotapeReservoir Dogs, and Napoleon Dynamite.


On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy was killed, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?  Based upon the bestselling novel written by King and starring a terrific ensemble cast embodying deeply complex characters, 11.22.63 is an epic and emotional thriller about a man at a loss with his life, who wants to make a difference and do something meaningful. James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who, encouraged by his ailing friend (Chris Cooper) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Delving into the darkness of the American dream, viewers are transported to the world of 1960s Texas as Jake explores the mystery surrounding the supposed gunman Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber), his family and associates. But Jake’s mission faces threats not only from Oswald, but from Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon), a beautiful librarian he falls in love with,  and from the Past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed. And if the Past doesn’t want to be changed, it will push back…often violently.


Produced by Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television, 11.22.63 stars James Franco (127 Hours, Milk), Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold), Cherry Jones (Erin Brockovich), Daniel Webber (K9), Lucy Fry, George MacKay (Defiance), Leon Rippy (Deadwood), Kevin J. O’Connor, T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy), Jonny Coyne (Manhattan), Brooklyn Sudano (My Wife and Kids), Tonya Pinkins (Army Wives), with Josh Duhamel (Transformers films) and Chris Cooper (American Beauty).  Based on the novel by Stephen King (The Shawshank Redemption), the series is executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter, Kevin Macdonald and Bryan Burk (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).


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