Pilot Scoop: HBO's Westworld Adds 6 Actors, Including Alums of Lost, Raising Hope and Boardwalk Empire

Westworld Cast

Westworld is expanding.

Boardwalk Empire‘s Jeffrey Wright, Lost‘s Rodrigo Santoro and Raising Hope‘s Shannon Woodward have joined HBO’s sci-fi drama pilot from exec producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

Additionally, Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (The Good Guys) and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) have been added to the ensemble.

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Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, Westworld revolves around a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack the guests.

As previously reported, Anthony Hopkins stars as Dr. Robert Ford, the park’s head honcho who has “unorthodox methods” of bringing his visions to life. Evan Rachel Wood co-stars as Dolores Abernathy, a sweet, Midwestern farm girl who is in for a very rude awakening.

Here’s a rundown of who the six new hires will play:

Wright | Bernard Lowe: The brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, Bernard’s keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work: creating artificial people.

Santoro | Harlan Bell: Terrifying and brutal, with a dark sense of humor, Harlan is Westworld’s perennial “Most Wanted” bandit. He subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.

Woodward | Elsie King: A sardonic rising star in the Programming division, Elsie is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.

Berdal | Armistice: A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.

Sarafyan | Clementine Pennyfeather: One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.

Quarterman | Lee Sizemore: The narrative director of Westworld, his inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests — and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.

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  1. So, Santoro is the Yul Brynner-esque character.

  2. Isabela Milanezzi says:

    Not a big fan of sci-fi but Wright is so good I might actually watch the show. And..I’m glad Santoro is gonna be back on TV. Cheers from Brazil, btw!

  3. Lili Ann says:

    Rodrigo Santoro is very talented actor. If you watch his work on movies like “Bicho de Sete Cabeças” – or “Carandiru”, playing a transgender character… he’s awesome.

    Hopefully this HBO show makes better use of his acting chops because his previous projects were kinda lame.

  4. caro_brasil says:

    Santoro !!! love it!!

  5. Wtactualf says:

    Not too sure about the plot… Anyone read the book? Is it worth checking out?

    • Andrew says:

      The only book was a paperback version of the screenplay. The series looks to stray very far from the original movie. Might be worth checking out on it’s own merits. I’ll have to see the trailer first.

  6. Boone says:

    Great cast. Any news about James Marsden?

  7. coverdale says:

    Soooo, Angela Sarafyan is playing a hooker again?