SundanceTV has found its Hap. James Purefoy (The Following, Episodes) has been cast in a co-starring role opposite Michael Kenneth Williams in Sundance’s straight-to-series drama Hap And Leonard. It follows the story of Hap Collins (Purefoy), a white, working-class laborer, and Leonard Pine (Williams), 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 — who spent time in federal prison as a young man for refusing to be drafted to serve in Vietnam — as his only source of support in the not-so-progressive rural South of the 1980s. In addition to Williams, Purefoy joins previously announced series regulars Bill Sage and Jimmi Simpson.
The six-episode series, produced by Sundance Studios, was created by director-writer Jim Mickle and writer Nick Damici based on author Joe R. Lansdale’s novels. It will debut in 2016.