Casting Room: Anthony Hopkins Lands First TV Role in 25 Years


Before new shows and movies are on your radar, they’re being planned, executed, and put into motion by production teams far and wide. Each week, Glam is going to give you the rundown on your favorite celebrities and their new gigs, from Hollywood’s rising stars to Broadway’s top talents. Welcome to the Casting Room.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is going sci-fi. With only five television credits to his name—the most-recent of which happened in 2007 as a narrator for PBS’ American Masters—Hopkins is headed to HBO for a television reboot of Westworld. The 1973 thriller centered in on a futuristic theme park where androids malfunctioned and attacked human guests, who were originally lured by the attraction’s tagline “Have we got a vacation for you!” 

It will be Hopkins’ first acting role for TV in 25 years. He’ll play Dr. Robert Ford in the pilot, the “the brilliant, taciturn and complicated Creative Director, Chief Programmer and Chairman of the Board of Westworld” with “an uncompromising creative vision for the park.” He’ll be joined by Evan Rachel Wood, who plays an android that is seemingly unaware of her artificial existence.

Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams will bring his science-fiction expertise to the pilot as executive producer, bolstering its campaign to be picked up for a full season.

Now, more from the Casting Room:

The Company Man Matthew McConaughey
The Deep Blue Good-ByChristian Bale
The Disappointments Room | Kate Beckinsale
Grimsby | Penelope Cruz joining Sacha Baron Cohen
Hail Caesar | Scarlett Johansson joining George Clooney, Tilda Swinton
How to Talk to Girls at Parties | Elle Fanning
The Janson Directive | Dwayne Johnson
The Jungle BookNeel Sethi joining Lupita Nyong’oScarlett Johansson
King Arthur | Idris Elba
Light Between Oceans | Rachel Weisz joining Michael Fassbender
Paddington | Ben Whisaw replacing Colin Firth
Pixels | Jane Krakowski joining Adam Sandler
Race | Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons joining newcomer Stephan James
Truth | Robert Redford
Untitled Cold War Thriller | Amy RyanAlan Alda

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. |Lucy Lawless | ABC
American CrimeRegina King | ABC
Castle Ryan Sands | ABC
Covert AffairsLynn Collins | USA
The Flash Wentworth Miller | The CW
Girlfriends Guide to Divorce | Bernadette Peters | Bravo
The Good WifeSteven Pasquale | CBS
The Mindy ProjectRhea Perlman | Fox
Mom | Jaime Pressly | CBS
RevengeBrian Hallisay | ABC
Sons of AnarchyMalcolm-Jamal Warner | FX
StalkerElisabeth Röhm | CBS
The Vampire Diaries  Jodi Lyn O’Keefe | The VW
WestworldAnthony Hopkins | HBO