12 Jan 2016 11:44 PM +00:00 UTC

First Trailer For J.J. Abrams' Time-Travel Series Looks Strange

 

The first trailer for J.J. Abrams' new time-traveling TV series has been released. 

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It gives us a first look at 11.22.63, the limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel.

The Hulu exclusive eight-part drama stars James Franco as a teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but becomes attached to the life he makes in the past.

“I wasn’t alive when it happened, but it’s a big event,” the 37-year-old Franco told critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Saturday. “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.”

There's a few changes made from the book. Franco's protagonist has been given a companion of sorts in this time traveling adventure to help the character externalize some of his inner conflict. “Neither of us wanted to do a voiceover,” Executer producer Bridget Carpenter said. “The book is such a great internal experience. J.J.’s excellent idea is he needs somebody with him so he can be dramatic so he’s not just staring hard at things all the time. J.J. helped me draw a character who existed in king’s book but I shifted him and made him more of a compatriot.”

The mini-series will premiere on Feb. 15 on Hulu. 

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