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James Franco stars in 11.22.63Hulu

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams's new miniseries titled - 11.22.63 - is here. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the upcoming eight-part drama stars James Franco as Jake Epping, a man from the present who travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of John F Kennedy.

During the Television Critics Association's press tour in Pasadena, US on 9 January, Franco spoke about the subject of the show and how, over time, things have gotten blurred as far as how traumatic it was. (via IGN)

"I wasn't alive when it happened, but it's a big event," said the actor. "It's sort of become, in a weird way, legend for my generation where it feels like Marilyn Monroe or James Dean. But in fact it was this horrific event."

"I thought this story and approach was so great because it's a fresh way in. We're not exactly telling a history lesson ... You get to learn everything all over again, but from a completely fresh perspective we haven't really seen before. It's a way to guide a new generation into what happened."

The miniseries premieres on 15 February on Hulu. Check out the official synopsis and trailer below:

This eight–part event series follows Jake Epping (James Franco), an ordinary high school teacher, who is presented with the unthinkable mission of traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Jake is willing to live in the past in order to solve perhaps the greatest mystery of the 20th century — who killed JFK, and could it have been stopped? As Jake tries to rewrite history, he discovers that the past does not want to be changed and will do anything to stop him.