Westworld Casts Selma Star Tessa Thompson in Mysterious Role

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Westworld is beefing up its cast. The upcoming HBO sci-fi drama has added Selma and Dear White People star Tessa Thompson as a series regular.

Thompson will play Charlotte Hale. No details are known yet about the character except that she has a “unique perspective” on Westworld and that she will be a type of “investigator” in the series.

In addition her recent starring roles in films, Thompson has appeared on many TV series in the past. Her credits include HeroesDetroit 1-8-7666 Park Avenue, and Copper. She joins Westworld‘s all-star cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (30 Rock), Ed Harris (The Rock), Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time), and Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood).

Westword is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and will be written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series will focus on a futuristic, Western-themed amusement park, owned by Dr. Robert Ford (played by Hopkins in his first-ever series-regular television role) that features robots. However, things don’t go as planned when the robots begin to “malfunction” and attack the guests.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out HBO’s first teaser for Westworld below:

Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images


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