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– by Emmanuel Gomez

HBO’s Westworld heads into the Emmy’s this Sunday with 22 nominations that include the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Evan Rachel Wood is also nominated for lead actress and Anthony Hopkins for lead actor. The series is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film also titled Westworld about the beginning of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. With the second season already filming and set to begin sometime in spring of 2018 Deadline has released news about a new addition to the cast.

Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has joined the cast of Westworld and is set for a major recurring role. He will be playing a character named Musashi but for now further details about his character have not been released. Sanada has had roles in 47 Ronin, The Wolverine and will have a supporting role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. He is represented by CAA, Lighthouse Entertainment and Sheppard, Mullin.

Sanda joins Neil Jackson, Jonathan Tucker, Katja Herbers, Talulah Riley and Louis Herthum as the new cast members for Season 2 of Westworld. They join Season 1 cast members that include Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson and Rodrigo Santoro.

There has been speculation that Season 2 is going to take us to Samuri World as it was teased in the first season. Could Hiroyuki Sanada’s character be a part of Samuri World? We will have to wait and see as more details are released. For now what is your theory about Season 2 of Westworld? Comment below!

HBO’s Westworld will be released sometime in the spring of 2018.

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Source: Deadline

 

  • Victor Roa

    well, there was that samurai scene at the finally…. but man what if they edit down the show to half the time, so much better.

    • axebox

      How we went from 26+ episodes a season to 13, and it trimmed the fat down pretty well. Gone were the filler episodes. Didn’t last long, huh.

      • Victor Roa

        true, but I do enjoy watching Veep and there’s a storyline that would go through 2 episodes compared to other shows which would go through ALL of that in 26 episodes (personal fave was Jonah Ryan’s Blogger storyline with his Mirror’s Edge poster to show what type of blogger he was). But Westworld is a notorious for everyone getting the plot twist 2 episodes in, and then we are sitting through listing a character “let me discus this in an ominous tone very very very very slowly to sound serious.”
        As shocking as this sounds, if you were to cut down west world to maybe 2 hours you’d have an amazing movie……. ugh, that scientist who got caught molesting robots and then he does it again.

  • Subbaculta

    Musashi was the name of Toshiro Mifune’s character in the Samurai trilogy. Not an accident. Wonder what the angle is

    • TheOct8pus

      Makes sense. Westworld – the theme park – is based on all western movies, with western movie archetypes all over. Samurai world will be the same, but thematically based on old Japanese films

  • Peter James

    RE : >>>”There has been speculation that Season 2 is going to take us to Samuri World as it was teased in the first season. Could Hiroyuki Sanada’s character be a part of Samuri World? “

    SAMURAI

    S-A-M-U-R-A-I

    Good freakin’ grief!!!!

    Proofread your stuff, bruh!
    I’d have left it alone and dismissed it as a typo, if you had done it just the one time.

    Also, Anthony Hopkins character died in the Season finale, and while they theoretically could bring him back as a host, it’s unlikely the studio would be able to afford an actor of Hopkins’ stature for another season (hence part of the reason his character’s arc was written to end in death at the end, also per the actor himself’s wishes).

    • TheOct8pus

      Ain’t nobody got time for more than one “A”!

      • Drew Carlton

        Ahh gees, how do you know the Hopkins that died was NOT a host? Which timeline was it? Believe me, HBO can afford him, however if he comes back it will likely not be until the last episode. Now, someone explain how Clementine magically became “un-lobotomized” in the last few scenes. Was it the same time era? Was the last scene held in a different era, say before Bernard was created, or before anything in the show ever happened? I have written many articles on this. Is Dolores even real, or is she a reflection of Maeve?