Thandie Newton Reveals New Westworld Season 2 Details

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Not much is known so far about Westworld‘s upcoming second season. This, of course, shouldn’t come as any surprise to the show’s fandom, who by this point should be very well acquainted with co-showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s impenetrable veil of secrecy.

That being said, the actors themselves are also privy to some of the show’s well-kept information, certainly due to the fact that it would be quite difficult to portray their characters with a completely blind eye. One of the show’s stars, the powerful (and Emmy nominated) Thandie Newton, recently sat down with Deadline to chat about the show’s upcoming season, and discuss some new details about what we can expect out of her character, the rebellious host Maeve.

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Jeffrey Wright Talks Season 2 and Bernard’s “Mad Hatter” Influence

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The role (or roles) that Westworld star Jeffrey Wright agreed to take on when he signed up for the HBO hit is undoubtedly one of the most complex that we’ve seen on the show thus far. Not only is Wright tasked with portraying Bernard, the troubled host who spirals into his own mind, filled with troubled memories (both real and fabricated), and emerging as a self-aware machine. He also must assume the role of Arnold, the park’s co-creator who had his own set of moral and ethical dilemmas as he and Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) tweaked and perfected their android creations.

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Westworld Season 2 Included in New Leak by HBO Hackers

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re well aware of the HBO hack that’s been making headlines since July. The hackers claim to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data, including unreleased episodes of various HBO shows, at least one Game of Thrones script, and personal information for cast members and executives. Westworld seemed to be safe, as there has been no leaked information about the series – that is, until now.

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Westworld Co-Creators Reveal Show’s Biggest Misconception

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Westworld’s fearless co-creators and co-showrunners, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, no doubt have their hands full right now as shooting for the second season continues to roll on in full force.

However, the duo recently found some time to answer a few questions posed to them by The Hollywood Reporter. One of the questions posed to them is what they think the biggest fan misconception is about Westworld. Nolan offers the following in response:

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Rodrigo Santoro Confirmed for Westworld Season 2!

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It’s been an exciting few weeks for fans of Westworld as news has slowly trickled in regarding the casting of fresh faces for the show’s sophomore season. To add to the excitement, season one cast members whose character statuses were left up in the air following the finale have also been slowly confirming their return to the show (like Jimmi Simpson [William] and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal [Armistice]).

Today, we are happy to report that another fan-favorite character from the freshman run is set to return for show’s second season – none other than Hector Escaton, played by Rodrigo Santoro.

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Quick Hits: Lisa Joy, Genre Storytelling, Inspiration and the VFX of Westworld!

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The soaring popularity and critical acclaim of the fantasy series Game of Thrones has ushered in a new era of award-winning genre television. In an interview with Variety, Westworld showrunner Lisa Joy explains that fantasy and science fiction require huge budgets to match the expansiveness of their stories. Now – thanks to the success of shows like Thrones – they are finally getting them.

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New Interview with Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright and HBO Announces Season 1 Marathon!

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One of the highlights of Westworld‘s first season is Bernard Lowe, the intelligent and sympathetic Head of Programming. The character is excellently portrayed by Jeffrey Wright, who fooled us all into believing Bernard was a human only to give us an emotional performance during his reveal as a host. Wright’s superb acting on Westworld scored him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (deservedly so). Gold Derby has posted an interview in which Wright shares his reaction to the nomination and how he approached his performance for the series.

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Evan Rachel Wood Compares Dolores to Wonder Woman

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There are many things Westworld’s first season should be applauded for: incredible storytelling, superb acting, aesthetically beautiful Western locations (to name a few). One of the more prominent highlights, however, are the strong female characters that are heavily featured and established as the heroes in this Western sci-fi tale – characters like Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton), among others.

This feature of the show is not lost on Wood, who has been an outspoken supporter of women’s rights (along with Newton). While there is a lot to take from Westworld in terms of female empowerment, it is certainly not the only project out there shining a light on the power of women.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wood acknowledges that more movies and TV shows are now featuring strong female leads, and draws a comparison between her Westworld character and one from the DC universe:

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