*Thandie Newton has closed a deal to co-star in HBO’s drama pilot “Westworld,” 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 and Jeffrey Wright, reports Deadline.com.
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. Newton will play the beautiful and razor-sharp Maeve Millay, the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
Newton’s casting comes days after DirecTV picked up her drama series “Rogue” for 20 more episodes. She boards “Westworld” only after the participating studios (WBTV for “Westworld” and Entertainment One for “Rogue”) came to an agreement to make it work.
Also cast in “Westworld” are Rodrigo Santoro, James Marsden, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg and Timothy Lee DePriest.