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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