UPDATE, Wednesday, 1 PM: As we reported last week, Christina Hendricks recently wrapped production on Hap And Leonard opposite James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams. SundanceTV just confirmed that Hendricks is in the cast. She plays Hap’s ex-wife Trudy, who resurfaces after two years with a proposition for Hap that he cannot refuse. The series is slated to air in early 2016.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, July 8, 6:58 PM: Deadline has learned that the female lead role of Shelli, played by Christina Hendricks in Showtime’s Roadies pilot, written, directed and executive produced by Cameron Crowe, is being completely revamped and will be recast. The decision to re-conceive the character was made after the pilot was shot, and Crowe is currently in the process of re-writing, according to industry sources close to the production. The source emphasized that it was a creative decision to revamp the character and the parting was amicable.
Roadies follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of the crew members who help get the show on the road. Luke Wilson and Imogen Poots star alongside Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Winnie Holzman and J.J. Abrams executive produce with Crowe.
Hendricks, repped by LINK management and ICM Partners, has had a full slate since finishing Mad Men. She can be seen in Comedy Central comedy Another Period and recently wrapped production alongside James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams on Hap And Leonard, which has a straight-to-series commitment on SundanceTV. The Mad Men alum appeared in John Slattery’s Sundance film God’s Pocket and will next will be seen in Dark Places, opposite Charlize Theron.