SundanceTV announced today the casting of Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, “Inherent Vice,” “12 Years a Slave,” Boardwalk Empire) as a lead character, Leonard Pines, in its newest original scripted series “Hap and Leonard.”
Michael Kenneth Williams
In interviews, LUV co-writer/director Sheldon Candis likes to describe his film as a “driller” — part drama, part thriller. Candis, a USC grad and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2011, based the film’s coming of age story on his own life growing up on the streets of Baltimore. Looking for a father figure, he found one in an uncle — not realizing that, as he puts it in his Sundance ’12 Meet the Artists interview (see below), the man he idolized was “one of the most infamous and feared drug dealers” in the entire city.