Currently in the works over at HBO is a series adaptation of Westworld, a 1977 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. As shooting readies for the pilot episode, a whopping six new actors have joined the cast, and we’ve got all the latest info for you today.
Per TV Line, Jeffrey Wright (pictured; “Boardwalk Empire”), Rodrigo Santoro (“Lost”), and Shannon Woodward (“Raising Hope”) have joined the sci-fi drama pilot. Additionally, Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (The Good Guys), and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) have been added to the ensemble.
As previously announced, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will also star in the series, revolving around a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack the guests
Hopkins is set to play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn, and complicated creative director, chief programmer, and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood will portray Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.
Below you’ll find a rundown of the characters the six new actors have been cast to play.
Wright | Bernard Lowe: 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.
Santoro | Harlan Bell: 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.
Woodward | Elsie King: A sardonic rising star in the Programming division, Elsie is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.
Berdal | Armistice: A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.
Sarafyan | Clementine Pennyfeather: One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.
Quarterman | Lee Sizemore: The narrative director of Westworld, his inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests — and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.
J.J. Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. “Person of Interest’s” Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer. “Westworld” hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films.
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