[TV] Meet “Westworld’s” Man In Black”

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Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris has landed a pivotal role in HBO’s “Westworld,” the cabler’s adaptation of the sci-fi hit, THR has learned, while Variety reports The Box‘s James Marsden is set to play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey. Harris (The Hours, Pollock, The Truman Show, Apollo 13) will star as ‘The Man in Black’ (see below), described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man.

Eddie Rouse has also been cast for the role of Kissy, a laconic American-Indian who deals cards and contraband from the town saloon.

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.

They join a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Kyle Bornheimer and more.

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    Early reports indicate the character Harris plays will not be the same as Yul Brynner’s in the original film. The gunslinger character will be portrayed by Rodrigo Santoro.

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    ‘Other rumored characters to be involved in the Westworld pilot are Harlan Bell — a hardened gunslinger, similar to Yul Brynner’s role in the original film — and The Man In Black — a frequent guest of the park, who sadistically tortures the inhabiting robots.’