Thandie Newton was incredible as Maeve Millay in Westworld‘s first season. Her performance gave emotional depth to a woman grappling with the discovery that her world is not as it seems, earning her several award nominations. The no-nonsense, tough as nails madam quickly became a favorite on the show; fans cheered her on as she took control of her life from the humans who orchestrated her suffering.
Westworld has hit yet another filming snag, this one at the hands of Southern California’s wildfire-prone landscapes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a 200-acre wildfire that flared up around 10am local time on Tuesday near Westworld‘s Santa Clarita set has caused the show to shut down production.
HBO’s official statement is as follows: “Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
This filming stoppage is the second that Westworld has experienced this fall, the first occurring after recurring cast member Zahn McClarnon suffered an off-set head injury, which caused his filming unit to temporarily suspend filming.
As production for Westworld‘s much anticipated second season barrels through its last month of filming, fans are no doubt chomping at the bit for any pieces of information that may clue them in about what’s to come on the show. It’s difficult not to believe that we’re only a couple months away from the first official trailer for the season (fingers crossed!). But alas, for now, we must scrape up all the little bits of information we can from cast and crew interviews.
The latest interview comes courtesy of Ben Barnes (Logan), who was one of season one’s actors to confirm his return for the sophomore run. During an interview with Collider to promote Netflix’s new show The Punisher, Barnes opened up about the information he’s become privy to regarding the HBO hit’s latest go.
It appears Westworld season two filming will soon be wrapping up in Utah and moving on to California! According to The Daily Independent, Westworld will film next month in the Ridgecrest area. The Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that the show is in need of extras for the shoot, which will likely take place in the California High Desert.
If there’s one thing we’ve preached about time and time again, it’s how amazing the cast is on Westworld. There’s an immense amount of firepower that was brought to season one from the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Ford), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), James Marsden (Teddy), and Thandie Newton (Maeve) – just to name a few – and I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow their characters in the upcoming season.
As important as the main cast members are to the show, the supporting cast proved to be just as indispensable over the first season. Whether these actors were brought on for multi-episode arcs, or for just a line or two, they all served an incredibly important role pushing the larger story forward and elevating the show to the next level.
A member of the show’s brilliant first season guest cast is Bret Eric Porter, whom you may remember from episode 6 (“The Adversary”) as the Union soldier who recognizes Teddy as he and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) attempt to sneak past a group of soldiers gathered at the entrance to a tunnel the duo need to pass through. After confronting Teddy at gunpoint and accusing him of helping Wyatt (Sorin Brouwers) ambush the Union outpost at Escalante, Bret’s character meets his demise at the hands of Teddy’s trigger finger.
Tessa Thompson Dishes on Westworld Secrecy; Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Find Inspiration in a German Car Factory
Tessa Thompson’s star is on the rise. After turning out a stellar performance as Charlotte Hale in Westworld’s first season, she landed another role playing a strong, forceful woman – Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. Recently, Thompson took time out from filming Westworld season two to speak with People about her experiences portraying each character.
One of the elements that makes Westworld such a unique series has to be the beautiful exterior locations the show travels to in California and Utah to film. Places like Moab, Utah and Santa Clarita, California offer picturesque landscapes that serve to lift the superb acting and wonderful writing to the next level.
Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss the first exterior location the show filmed at back in season one. Nolan explains that both the cast and crew were in awe of the natural beauty that surrounded them:
Production on Westworld‘s second season may be on hold until next week, but some lucky fans stumbled onto the Utah shooting location back in October. Fortunately for us, they recorded the action and recently uploaded it to YouTube for the rest of us to enjoy. The video – along with minor spoilers and speculation – is below the cut! Continue Reading…
Yesterday we reported that production on Westworld season two was suspended after an actor in a recurring role suffered an off-set injury. Now we have more details about the incident, as well as the actor’s name – Zahn McClarnon. According to TMZ, McClarnon sustained a serious head injury after a fall at home and was rushed to the ICU.
It’s long been rumored that Westworld season 1 star Ben Barnes (Logan) would be making a return in the upcoming second season, a thought that only gained more steam when Jimmi Simpson (William) confirmed his return to the show for season 2. Now it looks like we have definitive proof that us wishful fans were right!
Speaking with Screen Rant about his involvement in the Netflix series The Punisher, Barnes revealed this promising bit of information about whether or not he’s heard from Westworld‘s producers about season 2: