The cast of HBO and Bad Robots Westworld continues to grow this week as The Hollywood Reporter now brings word that “Rogue” and “ER” star Thandie Newton has signed on to appear opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Eddie Rouse, Kyle Bornheimer, Simon Quarterman and Ed Harris.
The original 1973 film, both written and directed by Michael Crichton, takes place in a future amusement park wherein visitors interact with androids in recreations of famous historical environments. When something goes wrong, however, the androids turn deadly.
Westworld received a sequel, Futureworld, in 1976 and was spun off into a short-lived series, Beyond Westworld, in 1980.
Newton, who also appeared in RocknRolla and Oliver Stone’s W., joins the cast as Maeve Millay, a “beautiful and razor-sharp woman with a genius for reading people and a knack for survival.”
HBO has already given the planned series a pilot commitment with Jonah Nolan directing the pilot and writing alongside his wife (and Burn Notice scribe) Lisa Joy.
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