Ed Harris Joins HBO's Westworld as 'Distillation of Pure Villainy'

Ed Harris Westworld

Westworld has found its Big Bad.

Four-time Oscar-nominated actor Ed Harris has 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) as a series regular, TVLine has learned.

Harris will play The Man in Black — AKA the distillation of pure villainy into one man.

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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. The cast also includes X-Men‘s James Marsden, True Blood’s Evan Rachel Wood, Boardwalk Empire‘s Jeffrey Wright,Lost‘s Rodrigo Santoro and Raising Hope‘s Shannon Woodward.

If HBO orders Westworld to series, this would mark Harris’ first full-time TV gig.

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  1. Cool. I expect the show to be more than just about killer robots, but also hopefully dwell into questions of where the souls begins, is artificial life true life, “do androids sleep of electric sheep”?, etc.

  2. Temperance says:

    What a killer cast! I hope the approach to updating the original is a good one – we need some more exquisite sci-fi to keep up with the burst of excellent fantasy like Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful.

  3. Teag says:

    Wow, what a great cast this has. Really hope it goes to series.

  4. Kevin in CT says:

    Wow, what a great casting choice. He was great as the steely eyed western sheriff in Appalosa, Yul Brynner would be proud!

  5. n8frogg78 says:

    “If it goes to series”? Sorry but with that cast is there any chance of it not actually getting picked up?

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