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Josh Duhamel Boards Hulu's '11/22/63' (Exclusive)
Hulu's 11/22/63 continues to add to its impressive cast.
Battle Creek alum Josh Duhamel has joined the cast of the Hulu miniseries from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on King's best-seller, 11/22/63 is described as a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald (played by Daniel Webber), falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.
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Duhamel will play Frank Dunning, the father of Jake's student Harry Dunning (played by youngster Jack Fulton and Leon Rippy), in 1960s Kentucky. Frank is the rakish town butcher, a ladies' man with an effortless smile that everyone welcomes — except Jake, the only man who knows the full violence of which Frank is capable.
Duhamel (Transformers) joins a cast that also includes Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry and T.R. Knight. Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, The Red Road) will pen the script and executive produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot's Abrams and Bryan Burk. Bad Robot's Kathy Lingg will co-executive produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald will direct and exec produce the first two hours of the nine-hour event series.
Duhamel, who has fielded multiple offers of late, is repped by ICM Partners, John Carrabino Management and Hansen Jacobson.