The casting for HBO’s upcoming ‘Westworld‘ is filling in with six more actors having signed on for the show! While Anthony Hopkins (‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’) and Evan Rachel Wood (‘True Blood’, ‘Across the Universe’) would have both been strong enough leads to garner interest on their own, this new small screen adaptation has just gotten a major boost in amazing talent.
So who has joined the cast?
So first off, and my favorite new addition, is Jeffrey Wright (‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘, ‘Casino Royale’)! He’ll be taking on the role of Bernard Lowe who is the brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division that is charge of creating the park’s robots. Sounds like they enjoyed him being an inventor in ‘The Hunger Games’!
Shannon Woodward (‘Raising Hope’, ‘The Haunting of Molly Hartley’), will work along side of Wright’s character as Elsie King. She is the rising star in the Programming Division and her job is to treat behavioral ticks of the synthetic beings that they’ve created.
Next up is Rodrigo Santoro (‘300: Rise of an Empire’, ‘Dominion’) who plays Harlan Bell and is the perennial ‘Most Wanted’ bandit of the park. I guess his villainous role in the ‘300’ movies helped him stand out enough to make him one of the main bad guys in this series.
Santoro’s character will most likely be joined by Ingrid Bolso Berdal (‘Chernobyl Diaries’, ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters‘). She is playing Armistice, another synthetic outlaw that will have a lack of sympathy with strong loyalty to her fellow outlaws.
Angela Sarafyan (‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′, ‘A Good Old Fashioned Orgy’) will be playing Clementine Pennyfeather. My bet is that she’ll be playing a madam or prostitute as she is the “perfectly beguiling” attraction at the park who is known for making visitor’s happy. HBO and the wild west? There has to be some kind of extra female attraction if ‘Deadwood’ is any indication.
Last up is Simon Quarterman (‘The Devil Inside‘, ‘The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior’) who will also be joining Wright and Woodard as a park employee. He’ll be playing Lee Sizemore, the narrative director of Westworld. He creates the stories that bring the park’s patrons back for more. While he’s known for being great for the guests he is apparently at odds with most of his fellow employees.
I’m looking forward to this mix of science fiction and the old west in what could prove to be an amazing film turned television show. With the budget that HBO has to throw at it, I’m sure it will look fantastic, I just wonder how long the concept will last without feeling redundant of having the park’s creators just close for a weekend to fix the problems.
Source: Cinema Blend