You’d expect a collaboration between storytelling masterminds J.J. Abrams and Stephen King to generate some goosebumps.
No fear. The first trailer for 11.22.63, Abrams small-screen adaptation of King’s 2011 best-selling time-travel thriller, was released during Hulu’s TCA panel yesterday, and it doesn’t fail to deliver.
The eight-part event series stars James Franco as high school English teacher Jake Epping. A man enticed by eccentric Al Templeton (Chris Cooper) and a time traveling closet, Epping goes back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Epping quickly learns that messing with history isn’t as easy as it looks, however, as the mission becomes threatened by Epping’s love affair with the past and none other than Lee Harvey Oswald.
The trailer has no qualms about playing up King’s classic eerie tone, while the story’s general mix of historical and sci-fi elements will surely create the perfect storm of thrills.
The Kennedy-conspiracy series is set to premiere on President’s Day, Feb. 15. Coincidence or clever marketing ploy? That’s for you to decide.