James Purefoy Lands Post-Following Role in Sundance '80s Drama

James Purefoy Hap and Leonard Cast

Joe Carroll hasn’t even been gone a week, and James Purefoy already has another gig.

The actor, (Spoiler alert!) whose serial killer character was executed in Monday’s episode of Fox’s The Following, will play an ex-con trying to stay out of trouble in Sundance’s Hap and Leonard, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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Purefoy will play Hap, a plantation worker in 1980s Texas who did time in federal prison for dodging the Vietnam War draft. Hap’s best friend, an angry, openly gay Vietnam vet named Leonard, will be played by Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk EmpireThe Wire).

The series is based on Joe Lansdale’s series of novels about the two men. Season 1 will consist of six episodes, which are slated to air in early 2016.

In addition to playing The Following‘s central murderer for three seasons, Purefoy’s TV credits include Rome, Revenge and Episodes.


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