Lili Simmons (Banshee, True Detective) has joined the cast of HBO’s upcoming and highly anticipated TV remake of Westworld, which is really good news for people who want to see Westworld. The J.J. Abrams-produced show has resumed production after a hiatus late last year, meaning it’s on its way... eventually.
To be fair, the hiatus was announced as being used to work on rewriting the scripts for the last four episodes of the series’ first season, but rumors have indicated some conflict between HBO and showrunner Jonathan Nolan. From a February THR article:
Initially produced with Warners’ TV production arm, HBO took back control after what sources call clashes with creator Jonathan Nolan, whose TV credit is the WBTV-produced Person of Interest on CBS. (HBO usually makes its own programming but works with Warners on The Leftovers.) Nolan is said to be every bit as controlling as his filmmaker brother Chris. Sources say cuts came in slowly, scripts started running behind, and it became apparent that episodes already shot needed tweaks requiring additional filming. Since stopping production, HBO persuaded Nolan to “put aside his ego,” one source says, and has brought in two additional producers and two more writers.
Honestly, I was beginning to have my doubts that we’d ever see Westworld, although I suppose HBO has spent enough money on it at this point that they have to finish it to recoup something. At the very least, HBO wouldn’t be hiring new cast members if they were determined to get this thing finished and on the air... at least for now.
*Correction: We originally misidentified the new cast member as Lili Taylor.