Ed Harris to Play Ultimate Villain on HBO’s ‘Westworld’

The actor joins Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden on the WBTV production

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Add one more to the growing population of “Westworld.”

Veteran actor Ed Harris has joined the Warner Bros. Television/HBO production, TheWrap has learned.

Harris will play the ultimate baddie, The Man in Black, who’s described by project’s producers as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.”

This is a return to HBO for Harris. Previously, he garnered a Golden Globe award and Emmy nomination for “Game Change.” The actor’s many film credits include “Gravity,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Abyss” and “The Rock.” Harris will soon be seen in the upcoming feature film Run All Night, starring opposite Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman.

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He joins already announced “Westworld” cast members Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, James Marsden, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman and Eddie Rouse, among others.

The one-hour drama is being executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. Jonathan Nolan (“Person of Interest”) is writing and directing as well as executive producing, with Lisa Joy (“Burn Notice”) also writing and executive producing. Kathy Lingg is co-executive producing.

Inspired by the Michael Crichton film, which starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin, the project is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

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Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films are producing in association with Warner Bros. Television.

CAA represents Harris.