Christina Hendricks lands a new job now that Sterling Cooper and Partners is closed.
The Mad Men star will now be working with a new set of mad men in SundanceTV’s upcoming scripted series Hap and Leonard. She will be acting alongside The Wire star Michael K. Williams and The Following’s James Purefoy.
— Variety (@Variety) July 15, 2015
Hap and Leonard is based on the novels, novellas, and short stories authored by Joe Lansdale. The series centers on best friends Hap Collins, a white ex-con which will be played by Purefoy, and Leonard Pine, a gay, black Vietnam veteran with anger issues – a character to be played by Williams.
Both characters “struggle through misadventure in a bid to stay on the right side of the law” in 1980s East Texas.
Hendricks, 40, will star as Hap’s former wife named Trudy who resurfaces after two years to make an offer Hap cannot refuse.
Hap and Leonard will air with 6 one-hour episodes. We Are What We Are’s Bill Sage and Breakout King’s Jimmi Simpson will also star in the upcoming series.
— James Purefoy Live (@JPurefoyLive) June 26, 2015
The show is created by director-and-writer Jim Mackle and writer Nick Damici and is produced by Sundance Productions. Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt executive produce. Lansdale and Lowell Northrop will co-executive produce and Linda Moran will also produce alongside them.
Hendricks was nominated for five Best Supporting Actress Emmys for her role as Joan (Holloway) Harris on AMC’s Mad Men.
Since the end of the award-winning series, she has appeared in Comedy Central’s Another Period and the upcoming mystery movie starring Charlize Theron Dark Places, a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. Hendricks also appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Showtime pilot episode Roadies.
Hap and Leonard will premiere on SundanceTV in early 2016.