Joe R. Lansdale

Joe Lansdale’s “Leonard” Has Been Cast

Our absolute favorite literary buddies are finally coming to the small screen.  Joe R. Lansdale’s “Hap & Leonard” just announced the casting of Michael K. Williams as Leonard.  Formerly starring in “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire”, Mr. Williams brings a gravitas necessary for the role of Leonard Pine.

Michael K. Williams, photo from thefilmstage.comJoe R. Lansdale first introduced us to the unlikely best friends Leonard Pine and Hap Collins back in 1990’s Savage Season.  Set in East Texas, Leonard, a gay, Vietnam Vet and Hap, who was imprisoned for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.  Together they find their ways into adventure, mystery and horror.  As the duo make their way through eleven novels, they become quite the private detectives.  Both men approach situations differently, but their friendship triumphs over all.

No announcements have been made as to who will play Hap as of yet.  Needless to say, we’re thrilled that this is being created for the Sundance Channel.  The series is set to premiere in 2016.  Stay tuned for more details.