HBO signs four-time Oscar nominee to play the Big Bad in Abrams' Westworld

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

When we first heard J.J. Abrams was rebooting Westworld at HBO, we couldn’t help but worry it might slip into development hell due to the sheer ambition of it all. But the series is flying right along — and here’s who’ll be menacing our heroes.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that veteran actor Ed Harris (The Hours, The Truman Show, Apollo 13) has signed on to star in a “pivotal” role as the Man in Black, a character described as the “distillation of pure villainy into one man.”

It sounds like Abrams’ adaptation will make some changes from the original film, but the series is still expected to serve as a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Yeah, count us in for that.

Harris joins a cast that is already studded with other stars, including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, James Marsden, Kyle Bornheimer and several others. Seriously, if Abrams can’t make an awesome Westworld adaptation with this lot, he needs to just get out of the business.

Michael Crichton’s original, 1973 film has become a true genre classic, and we can’t wait to revisit this universe again. Abrams will executive-produce the project with Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest, The Dark Knight) co-wrote the pilot and is set to direct.

Do you think Abrams will put together a modern-day sci-fi classic?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)