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Fans of HBO should be happy to know that Westworld‘s cast is growing. Over the weekend Miranda Otto was announced and confirmed. She will play the role of a ruthless quality assurance department head named Virginia Pittman. The series is based on a film by the great, late writer Michael Crichton. The series will follow the lives of people living in a fake “reality” with a future promising nothing more than sin. Miranda will be joining the likes of James Marsden, Thadie Newton, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood.
HBO is shameless in trying to win over big names and stars. The network is trying to stay on top as other movie networks catch on. Westworld will easily keep them on top, but they are working hard to lock that spot in. So far they have only announced the cast and producing/directing teams. The show will likely premier »
- Sarah Peel
The delightful Thandie Newton ('Crash') is the latest addition to the outstanding cast of HBO's new adaptation of Michael Crichton's 'Westworld'. Newton, who currently stars in DirecTV's detective series 'Rogue', is set to play Maeve Millay, a 'beautiful and razor-sharp woman with a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.' Interestingly enough 'Rogue' was renewed very recently so should we assume that Newton's part in 'Westworld' won't be a major role but possibly just a brief episode arc? Either that or the gorgeous 41-year old star (below) is upping her workload...You go girl! Newton joins Anthony Hopkins ('Silence of the Lambs'), Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden ('X-Men: Days of Future Past'), Jeffrey Wright ('Source Code')and more. »
The Rake actress has joined the sprawling cast of HBO’s sci-fi pilot, which revolves around a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack the guests.
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Otto will play Virginia Pittman, the head of the park’s Quality Assurance department whose 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.
HBO is pulling out all the stops for Westworld. Rake and Lord of the Rings alum Miranda Otto has become the newest addition to the already impressive cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 feature film, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Otto will play Virginia Pittman, the head of the quality assurance department whose brutal honesty with her colleagues and ruthless efficiency in dealing with malfunctioning "property" have made her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld. She joins a rapidly
- Lesley Goldberg
Thandie Newton has joined Jeffrey Wright in the ensemble cast of HBO's "Westworld," which is inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, and is described as a dark tale about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Anthony Hopkins stars as a Dr. Robert Ford, a brilliant engineer and chairman of the board of Westworld, a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park - who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park and means of realizing that vision. Also in the cast are Evan Rachel Wood, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman. Newton will play »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fans of HBO and Thadie Newton will be happy to know she is an official cast member on a series for it. It has been confirmed that she is joining major drama and big named star filled Westworld. She will play a big cheese at a brothel in the series named Maeve Millay. Her character will be witty, smart and sassy like you would expect a very important madame. This news comes at the heels of her current show Rogue being renewed, which could throw her off course if Westworld is picked up.
The upcoming series has become a major subject among the entertainment world. HBO has been doing itself some serious good by landing big names for the show. With the likes of Anthony Hopkins and others, they are proving their network to be more than a sexy one. Maybe they can repair their image with Westworld if they »
- Sarah Peel
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, the drama takes place at a high-tech amusement park filled with humanistic androids. The Crash alum will play Maeve Millay, Westworld’s razor-sharp madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
Newton joins the previously cast Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Ed Harris. The pilot was written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who will executive-produce with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Jerry Weintraub. »
- Natalie Abrams
Newton will play the eautiful and razor-sharp Maeve Millay, who is a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
The pilot, from Bad Robot and Warner Brothers Television, was co-written by “Person of Interest” creator Jonathan Nolan and “Pushing Daisies” and “Burn Notice” scribe Lisa Joy, with Nolan set to direct. The project, set at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park, is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Newton currently stars in “Rogue” on the Audience Network, which was recently picked up for a third season. »
- Kevin Noonan
Thandie Newton has signed on to play the madame of “Westworld.” The “Crash” actress is joining the HBO drama pilot based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film about an amusement park gone mad. Newton will play the beautifully and brilliant Maeve Millay, who has a special gift for reading people and staying alive. Also read: Ed Harris to Play Ultimate Villain on HBO's ‘Westworld’ Her seen-it-all-before worldview will be thoroughly challenged on the pilot, about the dawn of artificial consciousness. Anthony Hopkins leads a cast that also includes Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ptolemy Slocum, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, »
- Tim Molloy
Rogue‘s Thandie Newton is putting down roots in Westworld, HBO’s sci-fi drama pilot from exec producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk, and exec producers/writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, TVLine has learned.
She will play Maeve Millay, a beautiful and razor-sharp madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
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Inspired by Michael Crichton »
HBO's Westworld adaptation continues to flush out its stellar cast. Rogue star Thandie Newton has boarded the premium cable network's adaptation of the sci-fi hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 feature film, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Newton (Crash) will play Maeve Millay, a beautiful and razor-sharp woman with a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged. She joins a cast
- Lesley Goldberg
HBO has cast Ed Harris and James Marsden in the pilot for their upcoming new series Westworld. It's inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 Western thriller, and it's described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Harris will play one of the central leads in the story known as The Man in Black, "the distillation of pure villainy into one man." Marsden is will play a character named Teddy Flood, "a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey." Eddie Rouse has also joined the production and will play Kissy, "a laconic American-Indian who deals cards and contraband from the town saloon."
- Joey Paur
HBO’s Westworld remake has been on a roll when it comes to casting, nailing down Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and James Marsden in the last few weeks. Take a lesson, everyone else in Hollywood: if you’re going to remake something that really has no business being remade, the least you can do for everyone is throw in a few actors that can make it palatable. The latest addition to J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan‘s robo-cowboy epic is better than all those other schmucks combined (no offense, Sir Hopkins, but your role is almost 100% guaranteed to be non-robotic, so we’ve had to dock you a few coolness points). According to Deadline, HBO has snagged Ed Harris for a key role in the series (currently at just the pilot stage), as “The Man in Black.” Another actor was announced via The Wrap at the same time: Ptolemy Slocum, who »
- Adam Bellotto
Confession time: I've never seen Westworld. It's just one of those older movies I haven't had a chance to see yet, but I'll definitely check it out before watching HBO's remake of the 1973 movie. Like the film, the upcoming series will be based on the Michael Crichton novel, and while it already has a fantastic cast, it's being reported two more actors have joined the project. THR has learned Ed Harris will play The Man in Black, the main »
- Jesse Giroux
A combination of multiple weekend plays and an aggressive online and on-demand sampling period from last week had led to the first episode of "Outlander" bringing in a estimated 3.7 million viewers who have taken a peek under the kilt so far.
That is a multiplatform best for Starz and the show's premiere weekend audience roughly matches that of the network's "Black Sails" in January. Also, despite the female targeting of the marketing, 45% of the show's audience were males 18-49. Complete streams, Live+3 and Live+7 ratings are expected to be made available in coming weeks. [Source: THR]
Ed Harris has joined the cast of HBO's drama pilot "Westworld". Harris will play The Man in Black, the distillation of pure villainy into one man. He joins a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Jeffrey Wright.
Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie set at an amusement park, »
- Garth Franklin
The Westworld team, preparing to shoot the pilot for the HBO series inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi thriller, are taking the trickle-down approach to casting announcements, releasing a few names in bursts. Ed Harris has now been revealed as the main villain, with Ptolemy Slocum also aboard in an unspecified role.Harris will be playing The Man In Black, described in the Hollywood Reporter’s story as the distillation of pure villainy into one person. The series will draw from similar themes as the film, exploring the idea of dawning consciousness among artificial people and the sinful excesses of mankind, all set within an adult theme park where the attractions start to rise up against the people who believe they’re in control.Harris and the wonderfully-named Slocum join a cast that already boasts Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman, James Marsden, »
The androids at the adult amusement park Westworld began to think for themselves one day, with murderous results. In the late Michael Crichton’s 1973 directorial debut Westworld, the beginning of independent artificial intelligence means the end for some humans. Inspired by Crichton’s film and also titled Westworld, HBO’s upcoming pilot just added Ed Harris to its A-list cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Harris has signed on to play a villain in HBO’s Westworld, described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Harrris will play a character called “The Man in Black”, described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” The cast also includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Shannon Woodward, and Jeffrey Wright. We have the backgrounds of the other core characters (via The Hollywood Reporter):
“Hopkins is set to play Dr. »
- Derek Anderson
Today in perfect casting: Ed Harris is set to play the "distillation of pure villainy" in HBO's "Westworld." The three-time Academy Award nominee has joined producer J.J. Abrams' upcoming sci-fi series as the ominously-monikered Man in Black, joining previously-cast stars including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jonathan Nolan ("Person of Interest") is set to executive produce and direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with fellow executive producer Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice"). Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the series was inspired by "Jurassic Park" novelist Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi film of the same name. Crichton wrote and directed the film, which centered on a group of vacationers struggling to survive a deadly robot malfunction at a futuristic Western-themed adult amusement park. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Harris will star opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Eddie Rouse, Kyle Bornheimer, and Simon Quarterman.
‘Westworld’ is based on the 1973 film, created by Michael Crichton, and takes place in an amusement park where the visitors can interact with robots and re-enact famous events from history. But, something obviously goes wrong.
Source: ComingSoon »
- Ellen Daniels
The casting news keeps rolling in for HBO's upcoming "Westworld" adaptation as Ed Harris has joined the huge cast to play The Man in Black, described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man. Oh. Hell. Yeah.
Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, the project, which hails from Jj Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films, is billed as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Harris joins the previously announced James Marsden, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, Timothy Lee DePriest, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. "Person of Interest's" Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. »
- Steve Barton
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