Quid pro quo: Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins joins HBO’s Westworld pilot, the sci-fi project gets even bigger buzz than it had before.
The Silence of the Lambs star’s potential first series regular TV gig will have him playing the man in charge of a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack park guests, EW.com reports.
The pilot is inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name. Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the park’s head honcho who has “unorthodox methods” of bringing his visions to life.
Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again) also has been cast in the pilot; she’ll play Dolores Abernathy, a sweet, Midwestern farm girl who has a very rude awakening during the series.
The pilot was penned by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice); Nolan will direct and executive-produce alongside Joy, J.J. Abrams (Lost), Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) and Bryan Burk (Revolution).
Hopkins’ extensive film career includes roles in Thor, Nixon, Legends of the Fall and Lambs, which earned him an Oscar in 1992. Wood’s TV credits include HBO’s Mildred Pierce and True Blood.