Lights, camera, action! In downtown Cedartown for “Hap and Leonard.”
The days were long for the production crew and the stars of the show as filming for the third season of “Hap and Leonard” took over downtown Cedartown for most of the final week of September on Main Street.
Whether it was chase scenes or simply walking across the street, all kinds of action was caught on camera as Cedartown became the fictional setting of Grovetown, Texas for much of the work being done of the third season of the Sundance TV show.
And during the opening days of shooting in Polk County, local residents were able to sign up as extras, and still can for when they likely return they’ll need additional help.
Those interested in participating as an extra in the series can call 305-951-8291, and ask for Heather
Earlier last week, Deadline.com released information about the cast and show itself.
The upcoming season includes such headline stars as Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., Corbin Bernsen, comedian and television star Andrew Dice Clay, Lauren Allen, Sydney Wease, musician Curtis Harding, and the lead stars “Hap” played by James Purefoy, and “Leonard” portrayed by Michael K. Williams.
Gossett will be playing Bacon, a veterinarianturned-cook at the local diner, Clay will return to his recurring role as Sonny Knox, the town’s politically incorrect radio disc jockey, and Bernsen, a Psych alum, will be playing Chief Cantuck, the foul- mouthed, morally ambiguous head of the Grovetown Police Department.
The cast this year includes Allen, from American Horror Story: Cult, will play Officer Reynolds, an East Texas Cop who hides her bigotry behind her badge.
Wease, from The Vampire Diaries, will portray Belinda, an ethereal teenage waif, mute since a mysterious abduction.
Harding will play Blues Legend, L.C. Soothe. On the show Harding’s character, L.C. Soothe, and his grandson, Bobby Joe, run afoul of the Klan.
Season 3’s story line starts when Florida Grange goes missing in the Klan- infested town of Grovetown. Hap and Leonard set out to find her, and as the mystery unfolds, the pair of protagonists find themselves at odds with a tough characters, including a possibly corrupt sheriff, and the leader of the Caucasian Knights.
John Wirth ( Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) returns as showrunner and executive producer for season three, and Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jeremy Platt and Linda Moran return as executive producers.
Main Street between East Avenue and West Avenue was partially closed through some of the week as the opening week of filming went on through Thursday, Sept. 28.
The production will likely be returning to film more in Cedartownturned-Grovetown, since they have a permit that goes through mid-November for use of downtown Cedartown and other areas in Polk County.
As of press time, no immediate schedule of when they’ll return was immediately available.
In a press release last week, the stars of the show were all excited to join or return to the series.
Louis Gossett Jr. said, “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Hap and Leonard family — especially getting the opportunity to work with Michael Kenneth Williams again, whom I consider a son. It’s now come full circle.”
“I can’t wait to roll up my pants and dredge through this rollercoaster of a season with the likes of Hap and Leonard. I just love this show!” added Andrew Dice Clay
Corbin Bernsen said, “I’m thrilled to join this gem of a show and superb cast that, like so many projects I’ve been associated with in the past, is like a fine wine... time to pop the cork and share with the world.”
The anthology series, based on the celebrated book series of the same name by famed author Joe R. Lansdale follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (James Purefoy “The Following,” “Rome”), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine ( Michael K. Williams “The Night Of,” “The Wire,” 12 Years a Slave), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. Tiffany Mack ( Wicked Love, “Timeless”, “iZombie”) who stars as Florida Grange, Leonard’s lawyer and the object of Hap’s deep admiration, and Cranston Johnson (“Atlanta,” Find a Way) who plays Detective Hanson, return as series regulars.
Season one was i nspired by the first “Hap and Leonard” novel “Savage Season,” and featured Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) and Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”). The second season took inspiration from “Mucho Mojo,” the second book in the series, and welcomed Brian Dennehy (“Death of a Salesman”) and Irma P. Hall (Soul Food).
‘Hap and Leonard’ shooting finishes opening
LEFT: James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams work on a scene on Main Street in downtown Cedartown during filming of season 3 of “Hap and Leonard.”
ABOVE: The action wasn’t limited to just Main Street last week for the “Hap and Leonard” production crews. They also took to side streets to make a back alley for their purposes.
BELOW: James Purefoy waits for the crew to be ready to resume shooting last week in downtown Cedartown on Main Street in a transformed Moore’s Soda Fountain.
LEFT: Kiela Beam sneaks a peek around the corner to see if filming is going on last week in Cedartown for season 3 of “Hap and Leonard.”
BELOW: Gary Martin takes a selfie last week with Michael K. Williams, one of the stars in season 3 of “Hap and Leonard.”