SundanceTV announced today the casting of Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Inherent Vice, 12 Years a Slave, Boardwalk Empire) as a lead character, Leonard Pines, in its newest original scripted series HAP AND LEONARD.
HAP AND LEONARD follows the story of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. Pine, played by Williams, is a black, openly gay Vietnam vet with anger issues. Having been raised by an uncle who shunned him after learning he was homosexual, Leonard was left with Hap as his only source of support in the not so progressive, rural South of the 1980s. Hap Collins is a white, working class laborer who spent time in federal prison as a young man for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War. Now in his late thirties, he is just barely making ends meet picking roses on an East Texas plantation. His confidante and lifelong best friend is Pine. By turns funny and shocking, HAP AND LEONARD provides an unpredictable and side-eyed look into race, class and friendship.
As was previously announced, the series has been picked up for six one-hour episodes. 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 consulting producer Linda Moran.
HAP AND LEONARD is SundanceTV’s third wholly owned original scripted series; it follows in the footsteps of auteur-driven series RECTIFY and THE RED ROAD. The series will air in early 2016.