Following news that film stars Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood had joined the cast of J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s book “Westworld” over at HBO, six new cast members have just been added to the series. The show is about a future amusement park wherein visitors interact with androids in recreations of famous historical environments…that is, until it all goes wrong.
TV Line has word that The Hunger Games franchise star Jeffrey Wright has joined the series, which makes sense since he’s already popped up on “Boardwalk Empire,” and he’ll be joined by Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Shannon Woodward (“Raising Hope,” “Shameless”), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (“The Good Guys”) and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside).
In addition, each of their characters has been revealed with a succinct description:
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.
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 storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests — and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.
And in case you don’t recall, Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, described as a “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.” Meanwhile, Wood is slated to play 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.”
As of now, “Westworld” has a pilot commitment with Jonah Nolan directing from a script he co-wrote with his wife Lisa Joy (who is writing that recently revealed female-centric Spider-Man universe spin-off feature). With this kind of talent behind the series and in front of the camera, it’s hard to imagine this not getting picked up by HBO to series, but the cable network has a sterling reputation for picking the right shows, so if it doesn’t happen, there will likely be a good reason for it.
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