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Dana Rose Falcone
April 07, 2015 AT 05:45 PM EDT

Hulu’s miniseries 11/22/63 has added Chris Cooper and Cherry Jones to the cast of its nine-episode event series, EW has confirmed.

The hour-long installments are based on Stephen King’s time travel novel about the killing of John F. Kennedy, and stars James Franco as high school English teacher Jake Epping, who returns to 1963 in an attempt to stop the president’s assassination.

Cooper (American Beauty, August: Osage County) joins as Al Templeton, a diner owner and friend and mentor to Jake. Jones (24, Erin Brockovich) plays Marguerite Oswald, the mother of Kennedy’s killer Lee Harvey Oswald, who is portrayed by Daniel Webber (Sleeping Beauty, K9). Sarah Gadon (World Without End, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) takes on the role of Franco’s on-screen love interest Sadie Dunhill.

The 11/22/63 cast also includes George MacKay (Pride, Defiance) as a bartender friend of Jake’s, Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy, Mako Mermaids) as Oswald’s wife, and Leon Rippy (Under the Dome, The Lone Ranger) as a janitor at Jake’s school. Kevin Macdonald will direct and executive produce the miniseries’ first two episodes, and Franco will also produce.

Hulu has not announced a premiere date for 11/22/63, which the streaming service ordered in September.

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