James Purefoy: ‘The Following’ Star Cast As Lead In ‘Hap & Leonard’

Wed, April 29, 2015 7:00pm EDT by 1 Comment
James Purefoy Hap And Leonard
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Say goodbye to Joe Carroll and hello to Hap Collins. Sundance TV has just announced that James Purefoy will star alongside Michael Kenneth Williams in the new show, ‘Hap & Leonard.’

Based on the book by Joe Lansdale, Sundance TV will soon begin filming a six-episode series, Hap and LeonardJames Purefoy, whose time on The Following, sadly came to an end on April 27, has been named the lead character Hap, a laborer who works on a plantation farm after years in federal prison for refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War. Luckily, he has his best friend Leonard on his side.

James Purefoy Joins ‘Hap & Leonard’

Hap Collins is barely making ends meet in East Texas in the ’80s. His best friend, Leonard Pine is a black, openly gay, Vietnam vet who suffers with anger issues and was shunned by his family when they learned he was gay. However, he’s always had Hap.

James, 50, will play alongside Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams, who joined the show as Leonard, our sister site Variety reports. This will be his first role since Fox’s The Following, when he played the amazingly terrifying killer, Joe Carroll. Jimmi Simspon has been cast in the sho as well as Bill Sage, who will play hippie-leader Howard, Hap’s ex-wife’s ex-husband.

Hap & Leonard will begin filming in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this summer and will air on Sundance TV in 2016. Joe Lansdale will assist in executive producing the show along with Lowell Northrop and Nick Shumaker, Jeremy Platt and consulting producer Linda Moran.

We cannot wait to see James take on a new and completely different role. Are you excited, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

— Emily Longeretta