Lights, cam­era, ac­tion! In down­town Cedar­town for “Hap and Leonard.”

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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

week

Con­trib­uted by Shirley Easter­wood

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.”

Con­trib­uted by Gary Martin

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.

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

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.

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

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.”

Con­trib­uted by Gary Martin

BE­LOW: Gary Martin takes a selfie last week with Michael K. Wil­liams, one of the stars in sea­son 3 of “Hap and Leonard.”

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