“Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks has joined the cast of SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard“, the network announced Wednesday. A press release describes the show as both “funny and shocking”, saying it “provides an unpredictable and side-eyed look into race, class and friendship”. She will be acting alongside The Wire star Michael K. Williams and The Following’s James Purefoy. Hendricks will play Hap’s ex-wife Trudy, who resurfaces after two years to make Hap an offer he can’t refuse.
Hendricks recently departed Cameron Crowe’s Showtime pilot, Roadies. He meets Leonard, an openly gay, black Vietnam veteran, while working on an East Texas plantation. Having been raised by an uncle who shunned him after learning he was gay, Leonard’s only support in the not so progressive, rural South is Hap.
Hap and Leonard has been picked up for six one-hour episodes and will air in early 2016.
Set to premiere in 2016, Hap & Leonard is being penned by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle, who is also attached to direct. Sundance Studios is producing with Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt serving as executive producers.
Hendricks played office-manager-turned-partner Joan for Mad Men’s entire seven-season run.
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.