HBO’s latest sci-fi drama “Westworld” has already been renewed for a 10-episode second season — and for good reason. The thrilling show, which airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST, has achieved positive critical and fan reception in its first season.
This one-hour futuristic drama is inspired by the film of the same name written and directed by Michael Crichton. The show dives into the world of artificial intelligence and the human appetite for both heroism and sin. “Westworld” itself is a sort of virtual reality theme park resort set in a reimagined wild west past.
This world is filled with humanoid robot hosts who are there to fulfill guests’ every desire, including sex, murder and chivalrous efforts to save the day. Hosts’ — the artificial beings that make up Westworld — memories are wiped at the end of each day, so they can start anew with a new batch of guests — the people who visit the world.
The show’s impressive cast of award-winning actors and actresses bring this dark odyssey to life on the silver screen. Here are some real life fun facts about HBO’s “Westworld” cast:
1. Anthony Hopkins is the Richest ‘Westworld’ Actor
Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Robert Ford, the creator and mastermind behind Westworld. He’s a genius, but might not be aware of how prevailing his humanoid robots could become over time.
Famed for his work in movies like “Silence of the Lambs” and “Remains of the Day,” Hopkins is Oscar-winning Hollywood royalty and the wealthiest actor on the show.
Here’s how much the “Westworld” cast is worth:
- Anthony Hopkins net worth: $160 Million
- Thandie Newton net worth: $20 Million
- Evan Rachel Wood net worth: $8 Million
- James Marsden net worth: $8 Million
- Jeffrey Wright net worth: $7 Million
- Luke Hemsworth net worth: $3 Million
- Ben Barnes net worth: $2 Million
- Shannon Woodward net worth: Unknown
- Sidse Babett Knudsen net worth: Unknown
Born in Wales, Hopkins worked in theater before transitioning to film in the 1960s. The acclaimed actor was knighted by the British Empire in 1993 and became a naturalized United States citizen in 2000.
The internet is buzzing with rumors that Hopkins could win his first-ever Golden Globe and SAG Award for his outstanding performance in “Westworld.” You can also check him out in the upcoming thriller “Solace,” due out Dec. 16.
2. Evan Rachel Wood Was Engaged to Millionaire Musician Marilyn Manson
Evan Rachel Wood plays Dolores Abernathy, a host at the Westworld park since the beginning. She has an extremely sunny outlook despite the terrors you’ll see her undergo on screen, thanks to her memory being erased at the end of each experience. Dolores is different from other hosts, though.
“It’s so fun to play with all the different colors and the different modes, because when you’re playing AI you just approach it completely differently,” Wood told Entertainment Weekly. “In her character she’s this innocent prairie girl and damsel-in-distress princess, but underneath that she’s a very advanced, intelligent, strong being.”
Wood is no stranger to challenging roles. The actress and singer broke onto the scene in 2003’s teen drama “Thirteen,” and has worked for HBO before. She starred on “True Blood” for two seasons and also had a part in the cable network’s miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”
Back in 2014, Wood was sued for more than $30 million by the producers of the comedy “10 Things I Hate About Life” after she ceased to work on the project, according to Variety. Producers claimed she caused them financial damages, but Wood’s representatives said she had nothing to do with that, and that the production shut down when the producers ran out of money.
Throughout the duration of her fame, Wood has made headlines for her personal life, especially her love life. She was engaged to musician Marilyn Manson — whose net worth is $25 million — in 2010 and has dated other famous celebs. In 2011, she publicly came out as bisexual.
3. James Marsden Played Cyclops in the $1.8 Billion X-Men Franchise
James Marsden plays Teddy Flood, an old West cowboy host with a soft spot for fellow host Dolores. At the beginning of each story, Teddy is seen arriving to town on a train in search of his love.
Marsden has starred in countless films, including fan favorites like “The Notebook,” “Hairspray,” and of course the X-Men franchise, in which he played Scott Summers — or Cyclops. Outside of acting, he is also a musician — he sings and plays guitar and piano.
Another fun fact: Marsden was naked in his first scene in “Westworld,” in front of Hopkins, which made him a bit uncomfortable at first.
“I never thought I would be spending my first scene with Anthony Hopkins, one of the greatest and one of my favorite actors of all time, in my absolute nakedness,” Marsden told The Hollywood Reporter.
4. In Her First Multimillion-Dollar Movie, Thandie Newton Played a Vampire
Maeve Millay, brought to life on screen by Thandie Newton, is a Westworld host who owns the town’s saloon and brothel. She’s sexy and smart and appears jaded when it comes to living in Westworld.
Newton’s career reached star status in the 1990s with her roles in “Interview with a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” — alongside uber stars Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise — and “Beloved.” Since then she’s had notable gigs in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “ER,” “Mission Impossible II,” and the Oscar-winning film “Crash,” just to name a few.
Recently, Newton told Entertainment Weekly that she was shocked by the violence against women when she first read Westworld’s script, but after meeting with the showrunners, she was fully on board.
“They explained how Westworld is aiming to show what human beings are capable of — that depravity — and subverting it,” Newton told Entertainment Weekly. “Artificial intelligence comments on human behavior, and that’s the real hook of the show. Every day that I was on the set, I felt like a women’s right activist.”
5. Luke Hemsworth and His Brothers Are Worth Almost $80 Million
Ashley Stubbs, Westworld’s head of security who is in charge of ensuring guests’ safety, is portrayed by Luke Hemsworth who — you got it — is one of the famed Hemsworth brothers. Chris Hemsworth (net worth of $60 million) and Liam Hemsworth (net worth of $16 million) are both famous Hollywood actors of “Thor” and “The Hunger Games” fame, respectively. Luke Hemsworth’s net worth is $3 million.
Prior to Westworld, Luke appeared in movies such as “Infini,” “Kill Me Three Times,” and “The Anomaly.” Luke told GQ he hopes “Westworld” can reach the “Game of Thrones” level of success.
“It’s definitely similar in terms of the growing fan base, and the fact both have amazing genres: sci-fi and western,” he said. “I loved Game Of Thrones. I hope we can reach that level. I think we’re off to a good start, and if we can keep the ball running in the right direction then everyone will be very happy.”
6. Multimillionaire Superstar Katy Perry Is BFFs With Shannon Woodward
Shannon Woodward plays Elsie Hughes, an engineer tasked with diagnosing and correcting the behavioral glitches of hosts. But it appears she’s not always on the job — when she thinks no one is watching, Elsie kisses a host in the park.
Prior to her role in “Westworld,” Woodward was best known for her starring part on the television show “Raising Hope” from 2010 to 2014. She got her start being cast in three episodes of Nickelodeon’s popular series “Clarissa Explains it All,” and has appeared in “ER,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Criminal Minds,” and more.
Woodward mingles with famous friends in Hollywood, including the likes of superstar singer Katy Perry — worth $280 million — who has nothing but praise for Woodward. Perry once described her pal as, “an incredibly conscious, thought-provoking actress, a best friend to me for over a decade, and a wonderful activist for women’s rights.”
7. Ben Barnes Starred in the $537 Million Chronicles of Narnia Franchise
Ben Barnes plays Logan, a return visitor to the Westworld park, bringing along a friend to take part in the hedonistic pleasures of sex and murder.
Growing up in London, Barnes trained at the National Youth Music Theatre, later acting in productions such as “The History Boys” and “Birdsong.” He’s best known for his role as Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise, and he recently starred as Sam Adams in The History Channel’s 3-part mini-series “Sons of Liberty.”
Up next, catch Barnes in Netflix’s upcoming series, “Marvel’s The Punisher” — the streaming network’s sixth Marvel show.
8. Jeffrey Wright Was Part of the $1.5 Billion Hunger Games Franchise
Westworld’s head programmer, Bernard Lowe, is brilliantly acted by Jeffrey Wright. His character has increasing concerns about behavioral glitches within the hosts, specifically Dolores.
Wright is a critically-acclaimed actor, having won Tony, Emmy, AFI and Golden Globe awards. His acting career has spanned extensively over theater, film and television.
HBO is a fan of Wright’s — prior to “Westworld,” he had roles in the network’s shows “Boardwalk Empire” and “Confirmation.” He recently made waves on the big screen in “The Good Dinosaur” and most notably his part as Beetee, the electronics wiz from District 3, in the Hunger Games movies.
Outside of acting, Wright is involved in philanthropy. He is the founder and Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources, co-founder and Chairman of Taia Peace Foundation, co-founder of the Ebola Survival Fund, and is on the advisory board of the United Nations Democracy Fund.
9. Sidse Babett Knudsen Starred in Denmark’s Version of ‘The West Wing’
Sidse Babett Knudsen plays Theresa Cullen, a higher-up in the park’s corporate structure who is in charge of keeping operations running smoothly — and keeping the intelligent android hosts in check.
Knudsen trained at the Theater De L’Ombre in Paris before returning to her home in Denmark where she acted in many theater productions. She made her screen debut in a 1997 Danish film, “Let’s Get Lost,” and has since worked on several box office hits in Denmark and internationally. One of her biggest successes has been her role as Birgitte Nyborg in the TV series “Borgen,” which has been called the Danish version of “The West Wing.”
Net worth is a measurement of assets compared to liabilities and accounts for properties, earnings, savings and more. All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com unless otherwise noted.