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HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Adds Ed Harris

Actor’s part will be a ‘distillation of pure villainy’

HBO has signed Ed Harris for its upcoming sci-fi drama “Westworld,” which is already sporting an impressive cast roster.

Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie “Westworld,” the series centers on a futuristic amusement park and follows a dark odyssey into artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

Harris (“The Aybss”) will play The Man in Black, who is described as a “distillation of pure villainy into one man.” It’s unknown if this part is based on The Gunslinger, a malfunctioning robot originally played with spooky zeal by Yul Brynner.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television are spearheading the series, with Jonathan Nolan (“The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”), Lisa Joy and producer Jerry Weintraub (“Ocean’s Eleven”) also attached.

Harris’ previous HBO appearance was the movie “Game Change,” which earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination.

“Westworld” also stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg and Timothy Lee DePriest.

The original film was written and directed by Crichton and produced by Paul Lazarus III. It starred Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Majel Barrett, Alan Oppenheimer, Victoria Shaw and Norman Bartold.

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