The cast for HBO’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, Westworld has officially been greenlit to series, and I have to say that I’m actually more excited about the supporting cast than I am the two leads. Specifically, I am a huge fan of the Cardellini-esqe Shannon Woodward from Raising Hope, and the tremendous Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, who blew me away in Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules. Jeffrey Wright ain’t bad, either.
Michael Crichton’s original science fiction western-thriller was about a robot malfunction that created havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. The series comes from exec producers J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, who also co-wrote the pilot (and will direct).
No release date has been set.
Here’s how the cast looks.
Anthony Hopkins (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.”
Evan Rachel Wood ( 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.”
Jeffrey 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.”
Rodrigo 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.”
Shannon 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.”
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice:): “A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.”
Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather): “One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.”
Simon 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.”