Airdate: Hap and Leonard

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Next month Showcase premieres offbeat noir US series Hap and Leonard.

Hap (James Purefoy) and Leonard (Michael Kenneth Williams) are two best friends bonded by a life lived knee-deep in the Texas mud. When Hap’s ex-flame Trudy (Christina Hendricks) promises the down-on-their-luck duo a cut of some legendary loot, chaos ensues.

Based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale, the six part series premiered on SundanceTV last month.

Set in the late 1980s, Hap and Leonard is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot, and the fuzz.

Based on the novels by Joe Lansdale, the six-hour series event follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper.

When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Christina Hendricks) resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. Chock full of eccentric characters, Hap and Leonard provides a country twist on the classic mystery thriller.

8.30pm Thursdays from May 5 on Showcase.

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