SundanceTV has earned its stripes for delivering a bevy of compelling original series (Rectify, The Honorable Woman, Top of the Lake, and more) alongside an impressive non-stop lineup of indie films. And now with the six-part action-adventure series, Hap and Leonard, set to premiere March 2, there’s never been a better time to get to tune in.
The good news is that it’s all FREE to check out during our SundanceTV Free Preview, February 26 to March 3.
To get ready and share our excitement for the premiere of Hap and Leonard, we’ve outlined just five of the many reasons to watch…
1) James Purefoy as Hap Collins
Co-headlining the impressive cast as Hap Collins, this English actor came to widespread attention for his portrayals of Mark Antony in HBO’s Rome and professor-slash-serial killer in The Following on FOX. The classical actor cut his teeth on the British stage before landing roles in the films A Knight’s Tale and Vanity Fair. Hap and Leonard finds Purefoy taking on a 1980s Texas rose-picker with a checkered past that includes time in federal prison for dodging the Vietnam War draft.
2) Michael Kenneth Williams as Leonard Pine
Williams brings his own pedigree to the role of Leonard. Best known to audiences for his roles on HBO’s The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, the Brooklyn native started out as a dancer, performing in videos for artists from George Michael to Madonna, before rapper Tupac Shakur tapped him for the 1996 film Bullet. Williams was soon a sought-after talent, appearing in a slew of film and TV roles. Hap and Leonard showcases him as an openly gay black Vietnam vet with serious anger issues.
3) Christina Hendricks as Trudy
Hendricks rose to fame playing Joan Holloway for all seven seasons of AMC’s acclaimed series Mad Men, earning multiple Emmy Award® nominations. After building a respectable career with appearances on shows ranging from cult sci-fi favorite Firefly to ER and Without a Trace, her Mad Men breakout led to films including Drive, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, Dark Places, and The Neon Demon. Hap and Leonard introduces Hendricks as Hap’s ex-wife, Trudy, a role to which she’s sure to bring an unforgettable flair.
4) Swamp Noir from Joe R. Lansdale
Hap and Leonard was created and adapted by Lansdale from his acclaimed series of crime novels of the same name. Set in the fictional East Texas town of LaBorde, the show was shot in Baton Rouge, where Lansdale’s dark comedy of friendship and hijinks was brought to life. Fans of the books and newcomers will find plenty to enjoy in this “swamp noir.”
5) It’s on SundanceTV
Say no more…except that SundanceTV is home to a string of successful, smart original series, including the aforementioned The Honorable Woman and Rectify, as well as more great indie films than you can shake a stick at. If you were so inclined to shake a stick at them…
If that’s not enough to convince, check out the trailer below, and don’t miss the series premiere of Hap and Leonard, March 2 at 10/9c during our FREE Preview, February 26 to March 3, on SundanceTV, channel 557.