One of the latest entries in Stephen Kings oeuvre is getting the miniseries treatment, and it has found one of its major players.
The Hollywood Reporter reports today that Josh Duhamel (“Transformers”, “Las Vegas”) has come aboard “11/22/63”, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.
The story centers on English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) who travels back in time trying to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But a certain Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber), love interests and simply the past itself are trying to thwart his efforts left and right.
Duhamel is set as Frank Dunning, father of Harry Dunning (Jack Fulton as young Harry and Leon Rippy as old Harry), one of Jake’s students, in Kentucky in 1960. Frank is the rakish town butcher, a ladies’ man with an effortless smile that everyone welcomes — except Jake, the only man who knows the full violence of which Frank is capable.
Also starring in the mini are Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry and T.R. Knight. Bridget Carpenter will write the script for the nine-hour event. The first two hours will be directed by Keving MacDonald (“The Last King of Scotland”).