James Marsden Joins HBO's Westworld

James Marsden is entering a brave new Westworld.

The X-Men/Anchorman actor 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.

Marsden will play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to the small frontier town who quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver. His pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey.

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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. The cast also includes Boardwalk Empire‘s Jeffrey Wright, Lost‘s Rodrigo Santoro and Raising Hope‘s Shannon Woodward.

If HBO orders Westworld to series, this would mark Marsden’s first full-time TV gig since Ally McBeal more than a decade ago. His other notable small-screen credit was a recurring gig as Tina Fey’s onscreen BF  on 30 Rock.

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