Well, the cast of HBO’s series adaptation of “Westworld” from J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner just keeps getting sweeter. Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood were the first to join, The Hunger Games franchise star Jeffrey Wright just joined the cast with some more supporting stars, and now two more big screen actors have signed up.
EW reported that X-Men franchise star James Marsden had landed a role in the series, and now we have news from the same source that Snowpiercer bad guy Ed Harris will be taking the villain role again for the small screen cable adaptation of Michael Crichton’s book. The project has already been turned into a film, and the pilot of this HBO series is being directed by Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher Nolan) from a script he wrote with his wife Lisa Joy.
Marsden will play a character named Teddy Flood, described as “a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm—and his talent with a revolver. His pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey.” This is bound to be much different from his more recent TV experience on the final season of “30 Rock” and his earlier time spent on over a dozen episodes of “Ally McBeal.”
As for Mr. Harris, he’ll be playing the series’ primary antagonist known ominously as The Man in Black. And he doesn’t need much of a description for us to know why he’s a bad dude: he’s said to be “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” That sounds like an awesome role for the star of Apollo 13 and The Truman Show to sink his teeth into.
And for those interested in knowing as much about the cast as possible, a whole slew of lesser known talents have joined the cast, including Eddie Rouse (Being Flynn), Demetrius Grosse (“Justified”), Kyle Bornheimer (She’s Out of My League), Currie Graham (Murder in the First), Lena Georgas (“Prime Suspect”), Steven Ogg (“Grand Theft Auto V”), and Timothy Lee DePriest. If you know who all those stars are, then you must really love television and movies.
It doesn’t sound to us like there are any major parts left to be cast in the HBO series, but the cable network has become known for shows with massive ensemble casts, so there could still be more great talent left to sign up. Either way, this has the potential to be HBO’s first hit sci-fi series in a long time, and that’s quite the juicy prospect when you consider their record with critics and the Emmys.
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