Two actors will be influencing nightmares and fairy tales on TV in this latest round of casting news — one in HBO’s second season of Westworld and the other in the new CBS All Access drama Tell Me a Story.
According to Deadline, the time-bending Westworld will add a new actress in its penultimate episode this season, playing the character of Juliet, troubled wife of William (Ed Harris). Emmy winner Sela Ward will take on the role, which you can see in the teaser for the season’s ninth episode:
With the season’s continued stretching of both time and identity — not to mention the cavalcade of robotic hosts — it’s unclear exactly when Juliet shows up, since we know the character has committed suicide by the present-day happenings of the show. However, that might not stop anything from occurring at any time, after all, Westworld is built upon surprises.
But that’s not the only piece of casting that could be either a dream of the past of a nightmare of the present. Deadline also reported that the psychological thriller series based on fairy tales, Tell Me a Story, has added Paul Wesley as one of its co-leads. Wesley comes from The Vampire Diaries, of which Tell Me a Story creator Kevin Williamson was co-creator and executive producer.
The NYC-set show combines modernized versions of “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into a criminal web, of which Wesley (alongside Danielle Campbell, Billy Magnussen, and Kim Catrall) must navigate. Wesley’s character is bartender/drug dealer Eddie, an addict working the streets with his older brother and trying to make ends meet. Sounds exactly like a bedtime story, no?