UPDATED with additional details: Brian Dennehy has joined the Season 2 cast of SundanceTV’s Hap & Leonard in a recurring role. He’ll play Valentine Otis, a sheriff and all-around boss-hog in Marvel Creek.
Along with Dennehy, the network announced additional cast as production begins on the second season. Irma P. Hall (A Family Thing) joins as recurring, along with Dohn Norwood (All the Way, Hell on Wheels) and Evan Gamble (The Vampire Diaries), and Tiffany Mack (Wicked Love) and Cranston Johnson who board as series regulars. Episodes will be directed by Maurice Marable (Veep), Abe Sylvia (Nurse Jackie) and Tim Southam (Hell on Wheels).
Hall will play MeMaw, the neighborhood matriarch and a confidant to Hap and Leonard; Norwood is Reverend Fitzgerald, a charismatic preacher and MeMaw’s grandson; Gamble will play Officer Sneed, a uniform cop who is looking to further his career; Mack will portray Florida Grange, Leonard’s lawyer and the object of Hap’s deep admiration; and Johnson is Detective Hanson who finds Hap and Leonard in the way of his murder investigation at every turn.
Hap & Leonard was created by director-writer Jim Mickle and writer Nick Damici based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novels. Season 2 will be based on Lansdale’s 1994 book Mucho Mojo, the second in the Hap & Leonard series, which revolves around the death of Leonard Pine’s Uncle Chester.
Two-time Tony winner, Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee Dennehy most recently guest-starred in NBC’s The Blacklist, recurred on TNT’s Public Morals, and had a starring role in Amazon pilot Cocked opposite Jason Lee. His most recent feature credits include Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups and Michael Mayer’s upcoming film The Seagull, starring alongside Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, and Annette Bening. Dennehy will begin rehearsals later this year on Samuel Beckett two-hander Endgame to be directed by Gordon Edelstein, set to open early 2017 at the Long Warf Theatre. He is repped by ICM Partners and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management.
John Wirth (Hell on Wheels, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is showrunner and executive producer for Season 2, and Mickle, Damici, Jeremy Platt, Linda Moran, and Nick Shumaker return as executive producers, along with co-executive producers Lansdale and Lowell Northrop. Season 2 is slated to premiere in 2017.