Stephen King’s 11/22/63 TV show cast gets more impressive

An Oscar winner and a David Cronenberg regular join James Franco in Stephen King’s 11/22/63

Chris Cooper as Tex Richman in The Muppets
Chris Cooper as Tex Richman in The Muppets

The Bad Robot miniseries based on 11/22/63 has signed more impressive names to join the previously announced James Franco in the Stephen King adaptation.

Deadline reports that Chris Cooper (Adaptation, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Sarah Gadon (Maps To The Stars, Dracula Untold), Daniel Webber (Sleeping Beauty), Cherry Jones (24), George MacKay (Pride), Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy), and Leon Rippy (Under The Dome, Deadwood) have signed on to star in the show.

Sarah Gadon in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis
Sarah Gadon in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

Franco stars as “Jake Epping, an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to September 1958 and goes on a quest to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself — which doesn’t want to be changed.”

Gadon will be playing the show’s female lead “Sadie Dunhill, the luminous, sharp librarian in 1960s Jodie, Texas, who falls in love with Jake, unaware of his double life.”

Cooper plays “Al Templeton, he irascible owner of Al’s Diner, a mentor/friend to Jake. His appeal to save Kennedy sends Jake on his incredible mission.” Webber is Lee Harvey Oswald, Jones will play Oswald’s mother Marguerite and Fry will play his Russian wife Marina. MacKay is “Bill Turcotte, a young, guileless bartender from 1960s Kentucky who becomes Jake’s ally,” while Rippy is “Harry Dunning, a kind, soft-spoken and damaged janitor at Jake’s school in 2015; his traumatic early life in the 1960s has a surprising impact on Jake.”

It’s an impressive group that will be directed for the first two episodes by Oscar winner Kevin McDonald (The Last King Of Scotland, Touching The Void). There will be nine episodes in total.

Have you read 11/22/63? What do you think of this cast and crew?

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