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Ed Harris Set as Key Villain in HBO's 'Westworld'

The pilot from EPs J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and writer Jonathan Nolan continues to add to its already impressive cast

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Ed Harris

HBO's Westworld adaptation continues to add to its already impressive cast.

Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris has landed a pivotal role in the premium cable network's adaptation of the sci-fi hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 feature film, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

Harris (The Hours, Pollock, The Truman Show, Apollo 13) will star as The Man in Black, described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man.

He joins a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel WoodJeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon WoodwardJames Marsden, Kyle Bornheimer and more.

J.J. Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan BurkPerson of Interest's Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-created the drama and co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-executive produce and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-executive producer and line producer, with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer. 

The casting brings Harris back into the HBO fold after his role as Sen. John McCain in HBO's Game Change and role in Empire Falls. Harris earned Emmy nominations for both roles and a Golden Globe win for the former. He next stars in feature Run All Night. He's repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

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