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Christina Hendricks Joins SundanceTV’s ‘Hap & Leonard’

Wed, July 15, 2015 4:00pm EDT by Emily Longeretta Add first Comment
Christina Hendricks Hap And Leonard

Christina has landed her first huge post ‘Mad Men’ role! SundanceTV announced on July 15 that Christina Hendricks has joined the cast of its newest original scripted series ‘Hap and Leonard.’

Christina Hendricks has joined Hap and Leonard as Trudy, the ex-wife of Hap, portrayed by The Following‘s James Purefoy, can confirm. Trudy shows up in the rural south after two years, with a proposition that her ex cannot refuse. Hap and Leonard takes place 1980s East Texas, and will give a look at race, class and friendship of that time.

Christina joins previously announced cast members James, Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire,” Inherent Vice, 12 Years a Slave, Boardwalk Empire), Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire, We Are What We Are) and Jimmi Simpson (House of Cards, The Newsroom).

Hap and Leonard follows the story of Hap Collins (Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Williams).  Hap is a white working-class laborer who spent time in federal prison for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War. Now in his 40s, he is just barely making ends meet picking roses on an East Texas plantation. His confidante and lifelong best friend is Leonard, an openly gay, black Vietnam vet with anger issues. Having been raised by an uncle who shunned him after learning he was gay, Leonard’s only support in the not so progressive, rural South is Hap.  Together, they struggle through misadventure in a bid to stay on the right side of the law in 1980s East Texas.

Hap and Leonard has been picked up for six one-hour episodes and will air in early 2016. Produced by Sundance Studios, “Hap and Leonard” is created by director/writer Jim Mickle and writer Nick Damici, who partnered on the film adaptation of Joe Lansdale’s “Cold in July” with Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard. They have adapted Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard novels, novellas and short stories of the same name for this project. Mickle will also direct. The project is executive produced by Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt, along with co-executive producers Joe Lansdale and Lowell Northrop and producer Linda Moran.

— Emily Longeretta