HBO drama pilot Westworld has filled out its cast, adding Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Rodrigo Santoro (Dominion), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (The Good Guys), and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside). Starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, the project hails from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, writer Lisa Joy, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV. Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie set at an amusement park, the project is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
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Wright will play Bernard Lowe, the brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, whose keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work: creating artificial people. Santoro will play Harlan Bell, Westworld’s perennial “Most Wanted” bandit; Woodward will play Elsie King, a sardonic rising star in the programming division, who’s charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts; Berdal will play Armistice, a savage fighter and brutal bandit, whose ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws; Sarafyan will play the beguiling Clementine Pennyfeather, one of Westworld’s most popular attractions; and Quarterman will play Lee Sizemore, the narrative director of Westworld, whose inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests.
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