Miranda Otto

Actress Miranda Otto is joining the many familiar faces who have signed onto HBO’s increasingly intriguing Westworld. The Lord of the Rings and War of the Worlds co-star has joined the cast of the sci-fi pilot, about a futuristic theme park that caters to dark human desires.

Otto will play “Virginia Pittman,” the head of the park’s Quality Assurance department. We’re told “her brutal honesty with her colleagues and her ruthless efficiency in dealing with malfunctioning ‘property’ have made her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld.”

The Westworld cast has grown rapidly over the past several weeks. The pilot produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk from writer-producer-director Jonathan Nolan and writer-producer Lisa Joy best resembles a feature film cast. Stars on board include Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro and Shannon Woodward. The Otto hire likely concludes the casting of major roles for the pilot. Otto’s TV credits include Fox’s Rake and USA’s The Starter Wife, among others.