Six new actors have joined the cast of HBO's new TV version of Westworld. Joining the already impressive leads of Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden.
HBO has quickly rounded out its top-of-the-line cast for its upcoming Westworld series being produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The show is based on the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton about a theme park occupied by robots. It started James Brolin, Richard Benjamin and Yul Brynner as a gun-slinging cyborg.
The new TV adaptation housed quite the impressive cast, recently adding Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Thandie Newton (ER), Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Rodrigo Santoro (Lost), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2), Simon Quarterman and Ed Harris are currently set to star. They will join the previously cast Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden, playing Dr. Robert Ford, the head of the park, Dolores Abernathy, an innocent girl who visits the park at the wrong time, and Teddy Flood, Dolores’ love interest.
The part being played by Rodrigo Santoro appears to be HBO’s version of the Yul Brynner cyborg antagonist from the original, but its Ed Harris’ role as “The Man in Black” who is described as the lead villain of the entire narrative. Below are the actors and their official role descriptions from producer Warner Bros., which provide more description about the show than what’s been released previously.
Bernard Lowe (Wright): “The brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, Bernard’s keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work—creating artificial people.”
Maeve Millay (Newton): “A Beautiful and razor-sharp woman with a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.”
Virginia Pittman (Otto): “Head of the park’s Quality Assurance department. Brutally honest with her colleagues and her ruthlessly efficient in dealing with malfunctioning ‘property’ making her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld.”
Harlan Bell (Santoro): “Terrifying and brutal, with a dark sense of humor, Harlan is Westworld’s perennial “Most Wanted” bandit. He subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.”
Elsie King (Woodward): “A sardonic rising star in the Programming division, Elsie is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.”
Armistice (Berdal): “A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.”
Clementine Pennyfeather (Sarafyan): “One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.”
Lee Sizemore (Quarterman): “The narrative director of Westworld, his inspired story-lines consistently delight or terrify the guests—and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.”
The Man in Black (Harris): “The distillation of pure villainy into one man.”
Westworld has gathered a group of actors ranging from television regulars (Santoro, Woodward) to the critically celebrated (Wright, Otto, Newton) to flat-out movie stars (Hopkins, Marsden, Harris). Making it one of HBO’s most ambitious and potentially exciting casts it has ever assembled.
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