SundanceTV announced today the start of production on season two of the network’s critically-acclaimed original scripted series “Hap and Leonard,” on September 19th in Atlanta, Georgia. Joining the cast as recurring guest stars for season two are Irma P. Hall and Brian Dennehy.
Also joining the cast is Dohn Norwood as a recurring guest star, and Tiffany Mack and Cranston Johnson as series regulars.
Episodes will be directed by Maurice Marable, Abe Sylvia and Tim Southam.
“Hap and Leonard,” a darkly comic swamp noir series set in the late 1980’s, stars James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams. It is based on the celebrated book series of the same name by famed author Joe R. Lansdale, and follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper.
Season one of “Hap and Leonard,” inspired by the first novel in the series, “Savage Season,” featured Christina Hendricks, Jimmi Simpson and Henry G. Sanders. The second season takes inspiration from “Mucho Mojo,” the second book in the series, which finds Hap and Leonard in mucho-trouble as they unravel a murder mystery with more twists and turns than an East Texas highway. The story begins with a skeleton; Trudy’s missing ashes; a pissing match with a neighborhood drug dealer; and a piece of MeMaw’s fresh baked pie. When Leonard is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, Hap and attorney Florida Grange must work to clear his name. The only things standing in their way are Hap’s unquenchable thirst for Florida; a serial killer; bad mojo; and themselves.
Dennehy joins “Hap and Leonard” as Valentine Otis, a Sherriff and all-around boss-hog in Marvel Creek; Irma P. Hall joins the cast as MeMaw, the neighborhood matriarch and a confidant to Hap and Leonard; Dohn Norwood plays Reverend Fitzgerald, a charismatic preacher and MeMaw’s grandson; Tiffany Mack hops aboard as Florida Grange, Leonard’s lawyer and the object of Hap’s deep admiration; and Cranston Johnson joins as Detective Hanson who finds Hap and Leonard in the way of his murder investigation at every turn.
As previously announced, “Hap and Leonard” will return to SundanceTV with six episodes in 2017. John Wirth is showrunner and executive producer for Season 2; and Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jeremy Platt, Linda Moran, and Nick Shumaker return as executive producers, along with co-executive producers Joe R. Lansdale and Lowell Northrop.