Westworld Adds Thandie Newton To Sate Your Robotically Sexual Needs

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thandie newtonHBO series have a reputation for being vulgar and sexually explicit, but they’re also known for boasting some of the best casts on TV. Their upcoming quasi-remake Westworld is no different, with an assortment of award-winning thesps in its ranks. (Though it is admittedly still only in the pilot stages at this time.) This skilled squad just grew by one, as British actress Thandie Newton (Crash) has been added to the cast for what will hopefully be a domineering performance.

In this modernized take on Michael Crichton’s classic 1973 movie, the titular theme park Westworld is a playground for anyone with enough money to back their murderous and lust-filled vices. Anthony Hopkins stars as the park’s creator Dr. Ford. Newton will play Maeve Millay, a human working under Ford as a sassy madame with a talent for reading people. Her razor-sharp instincts and been-there point-of-view are thrown into upheaval when…something happens. Can’t go giving everything away, now can we? Also, did I mention Maeve is beautiful? Or was that obvious enough by the casting choice?

Maeve’s big revelation will probably coincide with that of Delores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), one of the park’s robots programmed as a sexy farm girl. She becomes sentient at some point, immune to the daily memory resets that Westworld’s synthetic employees go through on a daily basis. Will she team up with Maeve to take the park down? They’ll probably have help from James Marsden’s robotic Teddy Flood, whose is (at least electronically) destined to forever love Delores.

Not that they won’t have brutal opposition from the mysterious Man in Black, who will be played by veteran actor Ed Harris. This stocked cast also includes Jeffrey Wright, whose Bernard Lowe has made creating artificial people his life’s work, and Rodrigo Santoro, who will presumably be an underling of the Man in Black, as he’s a particularly brutal bastard. Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman also star.

Newton, who hasn’t aged a day since starring as a house slave in Interview with the Vampire, has kept her film career pretty light as of late, with roles in Tyler Perry’s 2012 romantic drama Good Deeds and Biyi Bandele’s period romance Half of a Yellow Sun opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor. She is currently starring in DirecTV’s cop drama Rogue, which was recently renewed for a third and fourth season. Check out an extended trailer for the series below.

Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk, Westworld‘s pilot is set to go into production this month. Jonathan Nolan (Memento), who co-wrote the pilot with his wife Lisa Joy, will direct.


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