Watch Now: HAP AND LEONARD Teaser Promises Southern Shenanigans

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Watch Now: HAP AND LEONARD Teaser Promises Southern Shenanigans
Earlier today, the brand-new Hap and Leonard teaser dropped to promote the forthcoming series from Sundance TV. Based off the best-selling books from author Joe R. Lansdale (Cold in July, Bubba Ho-Tep), the series is slated to premiere in March 2016.

Starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, The Neon Demon), James Purefoy (The Following, High-Rise), and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice), the series is brought to life by Jim Mickle and his writing partner/actor Nick Damici (both also Cold in July, Stake Land, We Are What We Are).

Starting off adapting Lansdale's book Savage Season, the story follows best friends Hap Collins (Purefoy), a white working-class guy who was jailed for dodging the Vietnam draft, and Leonard Pine, an African-American war veteran. Hap's ex-wife Trudy (Hendricks) re-enters the picture with a deal to score lots of "easy money." If you know Lansdale's books, you'll know that nothing ever comes easy for his characters and they always find themselves in bad --- and sometimes hilarious --- situations.

Of the series, Lansdale told me this: "After 25 years, Hap and Leonard are finding new outlets in graphic novels and a cool TV series from Sundance. Loving it. Watch for new books in the series."

By looks of the teaser, we're in for a pretty good time. If your idea of fun (like mine) includes people on fire, a mannequin with a Reagan mask being pierced with an arrow, and escaping from alligators, Hap and Leonard is for you. Check out the teaser below. What do you think? 


[Disclosure: Lansdale is a friend of the associate editor.]
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Gopal NatarajanDecember 17, 2015 9:22 PM

Coolio! Big fan of Lansdale's books.

John B. TraylorDecember 18, 2015 10:42 AM

Joe Landsdale is one of my favorite writers. I have been looking forward to this series for some time.

Ard VijnDecember 18, 2015 11:17 AM

Leonard is Michael Kenneth Williams? Omar from THE WIRE?
Oh HELL yes!

Izzy LeeDecember 18, 2015 3:38 PM

You know it!!

j dDecember 18, 2015 8:43 PM

I remember those books. Have to check this out.