VARIETY – Hulu will debut “11.22.63,” based on the time-travel novel by Stephen King about the JFK assassination, on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, 2016.
J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers for “11.22.63.”
The nine-hour limited event series stars James Franco as a high-school history teacher who travels back in time to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. “11.22.63” also stars Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber.
Scottish director Kevin Macdonald (“Last King of Scotland,” “State of Play”) directs and executive produces the first two hours.
Hulu will release episodes of “11.22.63” on a weekly basis, as it has done for its other original series. That’s in contrast to Netflix’s binge-friendly strategy of releasing the entire season of a show at once.
The series will be available exclusively to Hulu subscribers on either the $7.99 monthly plan with ads, or the $11.99 commercial-free option.
Hulu, owned by Disney, 21st Century Fox and NBCUniversal, has been steadily ramping up its slate of original series with big-name talent in a bid to win more paying customers — and compete more aggressively against Netflix and Amazon. Hulu’s recently debuted originals include “The Mindy Project” season 4 after Fox canceled the show, and Amy Poehler’s “Difficult People,” which will be returning for a second season.
Hulu had previously styled the name of the series as “11/22/63,” the same as King’s book, but now refers to it as “11.22.63.”
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Sarahâ€™s initial interest in being a part of A Royal Night Out was sparked after reading the script. “I knew that it was a lovely story and it was just charming,” she says. “It was a charming romance.”
After accepting her leading role as the young Princess Elizabeth, researching it further and “really discovering Elizabeth; who she was, what the family had gone through during the war”, she realised a deeper connection. She says: “My grandmother is British and she fought in the womenâ€™s Auxiliary Air Force during World War Two. She met my grandfather during the war, because he was sailing for the British Navy, and they married and immigrated to Canada after World War Two. So there was also that personal connection to the story that made me really want to be a part of this film, to recreate that moment in time that they were both a part of.”
This isnâ€™t the first time that Sarah has portrayed a real person – she also played Emma Jung in A Dangerous Method and Lady Elizabeth Murray in Belle. She believes that by portraying a real person, an actor takes on a lot of responsibility: “You want to do justice to their memory, to their character, to who they were, or who they are in this case. I think you feel this tremendous responsibility to do them justice and I know that really inspired me to work as hard as I could.”
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Canadian Screen Awards: HELLO! Canada Portraits – March 1, 2015
Jaeger-LeCoultreâ€™s New York Flagship Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – March 4, 2015
‘A Royal Night Out’ Photocall (London) – April 8, 2015
Sighting: Leaving KISS FM UK Studio – April 8, 2015
Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) has bagged herself a couple of high-profile parts. The Canadian actress will star opposite Logan Lerman (Fury) in James Schamusâ€™ directorial debut Indignation and star opposite James Franco in Huluâ€™s nine-part miniseries 11/22/63
Based on the novel by Philip Roth, Indignation is set in 1951 and focuses on Marcus (Lerman), the 18-year-old son of a kosher butcher in Newark who grapples with anti-Semitism, sexual repression and the escalating Korean War as he comes of age at a Midwestern Lutheran college. Into his life comes Olivia Hutton (Gadon). Blonde and pretty, Olivia is a classmate of Marcusâ€™ at Winesburg College. She goes on a date with Marcus and is attracted to his intensity. She is sexually promiscuous, headstrong and fiercely independent. A daughter to a highly regarded Cleveland surgeon, Olivia had previously attempted suicide and spent time in a mental institution.
Separately, Gadon will also star in 11/22/63, based on the 2011 bestseller from Stephen King about Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and a past that doesnâ€™t want to be changed. Gadon plays the statuesque, smart and outspoken Sadie, a librarian at the Texas school Jake works at.
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Canadian Screen Awards – March 1, 2015