Franco plays a high school English teacher who travels through time to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination

By Lydia Price
Updated February 12, 2015 04:20 PM
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He’s baaaack … in time.

James Franco, who got his start on 1999’s cult-favorite TV show Freaks and Geeks, is set to return to the small screen.

Franco will star as Jake Epping in the Hulu original series 11/22/63, based on Stephen King‘s best-selling 2011 novel.

Described as “part thriller, part love story,” the series follows the life of a high school English teacher enlisted in a time travel plot to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Which happened, yes, on the show title’s date.)

Franco shouldn’t have trouble finding inspiration for his teacher role – the actor is currently teaching courses at UCLA, CAL ARTS and USC.

J.J. Abrams‘s Bad Robot Productions is producing the nine-hour series. Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President, Head of Content, wrote on the site’s blog: “This direct-to-series order marks a monumental deal for Hulu as we partner with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time. We are thrilled to be working with them and with Warner Bros. Television to bring this unique take on one of the most seminal historic events of the twentieth century to Hulu.”