HBO's 'Westworld' adds cast
HBO’s Westworld is adding some intriguing new roles. The sci-fi drama has cast four actors on the show. Westworld is adding Clifton Collins, Jr. (Pacific Rim), Eion Bailey (Fight Club), Jimmi Simpson (House of Cards) and Danish actress Sidse Babbett Knudsen (Almost Perfect).
The news comes after actress Miranda Otto departed the project. The Lord of the Rings actress was part of the show’s star-filled pilot, but quietly left the series as producers re-conceived the role. She’s since landed a role in the upcoming fifth season of Showtime’s Homeland.
Interestingly, two of the new character descriptions strongly resemble the original 1973 Westworld film’s protagonists. Here are the official new character descriptions:
Eion Bailey as Logan, a “louche bachelor and veteran Westworld guest. His hedonistic romp through Westworld is equally motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William.”
Jimmi Simpson as William, a “reluctant first time visitor to Westworld, joining his friend, Logan. Initially dismissive of the park’s more lascivious attractions, he slowly uncovers a deeper meaning to the park’s narrative.”
Clifton Collins, Jr. as Lawrence, a “charming but lethal outlaw, with a knack for maneuvering and negotiating the various criminal elements of Westworld.”
Sidse Babbett Knudsen as Theresa Cullen, “Westworld’s terse operations leader, responsible for keeping the park from sliding into unscripted chaos.” This replaces the role that Otto originally played in the pilot.
Westworld stars James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris in the series version of Michael Crichton’s techno-thriller about androids run amok at a fantasy-fulfilling theme park. The show is planned for 2016, and executive producer Jonathan Nolan screened the trailer at Comic-Con.