James Franco wrapped filming in Dallas last week on Stephen King's latest miniseries "11/22/63". Based on the bestselling book, the story centres around Franco's character Jake Epping, a modern day high school teacher who travels back in time to stop the JFK assassination. Franco posted photos on social media from the infamous Grassy Knoll declaring 'Peace to Dallas! It was surreal.'
Another shot featured Franco with the Texas School Book Depository looming ominously in the background signing off with 'That's a wrap on "11/22/63."' The 9 part time-travel miniseries follows Epping as he finds a portal back to 1958 and sets out to change the lives of tragic local characters and wait out the years until the time is ripe to stop Harvey Lee Oswald.
This will be an interesting period piece, with Franco's character adapting to the intervening years in the late '50s and early '60s. King is credited as a writer on the miniseries which will air on Hulu in 2016. Franco moves straight onto another period TV drama for HBO, David Simon's The Deuce co-starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Set in New York it examines the rise of the porn industry in the '70s and '80s. The backdrop of the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the high crime rate of the times make this fertile ground for Simon who is know for his sociopolitical drama The Wire. Making it a perfect vehicle for Franco who is known for his eclectic choices in roles and art projects.