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Netflix’s upcoming series The Get Down has cast its four lead roles. The hip hop drama, set in New York in the 70s, has tapped Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown Jr. to star in the series. Moore, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the Sundance feature Dope, will be playing Shaolin Fantastic, while Smith, who is in this summer’s Paper Towns, will play Ezekiel. Brown Jr. will make his acting debut on the series by playing Boo-Boo, while Brooks, who was one of the two leads in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, will play Ra-Ra.
Netflix describes The Get Down thusly.
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are »
- Deepayan Sengupta
11/22/63 is proof that not every literary adaptation starring James Franco is based on the works of John Steinbeck or William Faulkner. This upcoming miniseries hails from legendary horror author Stephen King (whose works outside of the scary realm are equally as prolific as those within it) and focuses on a small-town school teacher who realizes he is able to travel through time via a door in a local diner. Franco previously snagged the lead role as the teacher Jake Epping, who takes it upon himself to prevent the assassination of JFK, and the show has now secured a director and supporting cast.
Academy Award winner Kevin McDonald (The Last King Of Scotland) has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the nine-hour event series. He will work from a script penned by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who is expected to seriously curtail King »
- Gem Seddon
Hulu doesn't quite have the original content success Netflix and Amazon has celebrated, but they are trying their hardest to change that. As they accelerate into motion their mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's JFK assassination novel "11/22/63", they roped in Chris Cooper, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, Leon Rippy and Cherry Jones to star alongside James Franco, Sarah Gadon and Daniel Webber for its upcoming nine-episodes. Also, Kevin Macdonald (Black Sea) is on board to direct the first two episodes. Franco was already confirmed to lead as Jake Epping, a modern-day high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the president's assassination. Meanwhile, Gadon, just as of yesterday, signed on as the female lead Sadie Dunhill, a librarian in the '60s who falls for Franco's character. Webber will portray Lee Harvey Oswald, the man credited with the assassination of JFK. Cooper will play diner owner and Franco's mentor, »
- Will Ashton
It feels like just yesterday we were reporting on Sarah Gadon joining the cast of J.J. Abrams and Hulu’s streaming adaptation of Stephen King’s JFK time-travel take 11/22/63. That might be because it was just yesterday. Today, though, brings word that Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, Daniel Webber, George MacKay, Lucy Fry and Leon Rippy are also all part of the cast. James Franco is starring as Jake Epping, a divorced English teacher who stumbles on a time portal than can send him back to late 1958, kicking off a quest to prevent the shooting of President John F. Kennedy while on a tour in Dallas in 1963, a mission complicated by his falling in love and the tricky, resolute nature of time, which keeps springing back into shape.Gadon is Sade, the plucky librarian Jake falls for. Cooper will be Al Templeton, the owner of Al’s Diner and a mentor »
Based on King’s best-selling novel, 11/22/63 follows Jake Epping (played by James Franco), a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
5 items from 2015
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