Thandie Newton has been added to the cast of “Westwood,” HBO’s one-hour drama pilot adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film of the same name.
Newton will play the eautiful and razor-sharp Maeve Millay, who is a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
She joins a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris.
The pilot, from Bad Robot and Warner Brothers Television, was co-written by “Person of Interest” creator Jonathan Nolan and “Pushing Daisies” and “Burn Notice” scribe Lisa Joy, with Nolan set to direct. The project, set at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park, is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Newton currently stars in “Rogue” on the Audience Network, which was recently picked up for a third seaso
HBO drama pilot Westworld has added another boldface name to the cast. Lord Of The Rings alumna Miranda Otto has joined the project, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, writer Lisa Joy, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV. She joins previously cast Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright. Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie set at an amusement park, Westworld is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Otto will play Virginia Pittman, the head of the Quality Assurance department whose brutal honesty with her colleagues and her ruthless efficiency in dealing with malfunctioning “property” have made her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld. Also cast in Westworld to date are Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Kyle Bornheimer, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg and Timothy Lee DePriest. Otto, repped by Gersh, Management 360 and UK’s United Agents, recently co-starred on Fox’s Rake and is coming out in the feature The Horseman.
HBO has announced a series order for “Westworld,” the one-hour drama adapted from the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by Michael Crichton.
Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” the cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman.
Jonathan Nolan is attached as executive producer, writer and director on the series, which hails from Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Lisa Nolan will also serve as a writer and executive producer, and J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk will executive produce. Athena Wickham will produce, with Susie Ekins co-producing.
HBO announced its intention to order the sci-fi drama to series during Warner Bros.’ Investor Day presentation on Oct. 15.
The premium cabler announced the news via Twitter and Vine posts Monday.
‘Westworld’ Adds ‘House Of Cards’, ‘Borgen’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Actors To Cast
A bit of Once Upon A Time, House of Cards, Pacific Rim and Borgen is coming to the HBO series about theme park robots gone wrong. With Miranda Otto having exited Westworld, the series has a replacement plus a trio of new castings to join Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton.
The biggest shift in these castings for the reboot of the 1973 pic is the addition of Sidse Babbett Knudsen to take over the role Otto played in the pilot. Lord Of The Rings actress Otto since has joined Homeland’s upcoming fifth season. A regular on Danish political drama Borgen, which is seen on PBS here, Knudsen now will play Theresa Cullen, the pivotal operations head of Westworld.
Having played August W. Booth on ABC’s Once Upon A Time the past few years, Eion Bailey will now portray Logan on Westworld. A self-indulgent ladies man who is a return visitor to Westworld, the character is well versed in inhaling all the pleasures that it has to offer. At the same time, Logan is looking out for his Westworld-newbie friend William, who comes to see the park in a whole new way over time. Jimmi Simpson, who has been a presence on House Of Cards the past two seasons as troubled tech wiz Gavin Orsay, plays the William character. Pacific Rim actor Clifton Collins Jr will play Lawrence, a sly criminal who really knows his way around Westworld.
Scheduled to air in 2016, Westworld is from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Jonathan Nolan, writer Lisa Joy plus Warner Bros TV and Jerry Weintraub Productions.
‘Westworld’ Extras Must Agree To Genital-to-Genital Touching; SAG-AFTRA To Monitor
Background players on HBO’s Westworld have had to sign consent forms agreeing to participate in “graphic sexual situations”, including “genital-to-genital touching” and posing “on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back”. SAG-AFTRA said it will have a representative on the set today to monitor the situation when the sex scene is being shot.
The consent agreement was given to an unknown number of extras by Central Casting, which is casting the show’s background players. It states: “This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude; pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back; ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude; and other assorted acts the Project may require. The Project will also include language and sexual situations that some may consider personally objectionable or uncomfortable.”
SAG-AFTRA is telling its members that the agreement may be unenforceable if it conflicts with the terms of the union’s Television Agreement, which provides that consent to appear in scenes requiring nudity or sex acts may be withdrawn at any time; that the set must be closed to anyone not having business with the production, and that no still photography may be authorized without the consent of the background actor.
The union said that it will have a representative on the set Wednesday “to answer any questions.”