Cedartown doesn’t quite look the same as it did some weeks back.
Storefronts that were empty now have new names and items in the windows, ranging from a hardware store to a Christmas-themed television repair shop, and much more. The A.C. Cobb building now has another purpose, serving as the Grovetown Inn.
Then last Friday and over the weekend the final touches went up to turn Main Street into a fictional east Texas town during the holidays: a Christmas tree was setup in the park in front of Polk County Courthouse No. 2.
All of this work was done — and much more — for film crews who selected Cedartown into the setting for season 3 of “Hap and Leonard,” which started on Monday after press time.
Filming is starting today, and along with that news came more information from Deadline.com about the makeup of the cast and further details of the story line.
According to their story posted earlier this morning, the cast 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 veterinarian-turned-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.
Starting this morning, filming will begin around town and drivers should expect with intermittent detours on Main Street throughout the rest of the week.
Today, detours are expected between East Avenue and East Ware Street through 7 p.m., with full closure of the starting at 7 and ending at 10 p.m.
Tuesday's detours include the area between East Avenue and Stubbs Street with full closure starting at 7 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m., and on Wednesday, between Sterling Holloway Place and Stubbs Street approximately 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with full closure at night from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
The final day of currently scheduled road closures will be on Thursday Sept. 28, with vehicular traffic will be intermittently detoured on Main Street between Noyes Street and Stubbs Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and full closure at night approximately 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Originally, the closures had been planned for Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Friday, Sept. 29.
Additionally, the Department of Transportation added an electronic sign reminding local drivers of the impending detours and closures coming up next week as well.
In the meantime, crews have been busy in the blocks around Main Street on turning empty storefronts into businesses that are appropriate film crews to use as a backdrop in 1989.
“We strive to be responsible and respectful guests in your neighborhood, and to that end, we are working with the Department of Transportation and Cedartown Police Department officers will be present on the above dates to ensure public safety,” the letter stated.
Christmas decorations also went up ahead of Labor Day for film crews to have for use as backdrops for their fictional town of Grovetown, Texas, celebrating the holidays in 1989.
Based on Joe R. Lansdale’s popular book series, Hap & Leonard follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins, an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine, a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. Season 3 is based on the third installment of Lansdale’s series, The Two-Bear Mambo, and is set for premiere in early 2018.