Westworld Taps West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose for Season 4

West Side Story star Ariana DeBose has joined the cast of Westworld Season 4 on HBO.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, DeBose has joined the cast of Westworld as a recurring guest star in an undisclosed role. DeBose is known for her performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story (2021), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

DeBose joins main cast members Evan Rachel Wood as Delores Abernathy, Thandiwe Newton as Maeve Millay, Ed Harris as The Man in Black, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs, Aaron Paul as Caleb Nichols and Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather. Season 4 of Westworld has been described by HBO as "a dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on earth."

HBO recently released the first teaser trailer for Westworld Season 4. Titled "It doesn’t look like anything to me," the haunting teaser showcases a dystopian New York City and frightening sci-fi imagery, all set to the tune of "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed. In July 2021, it was announced that production on the fourth season of Westworld had been delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, Wright, who has starred in the sereis as Bernard Lowe since Season 1, recently provided an update on Westworld Season 4 and confirmed that they had wrapped filming in December.

"Season 4 is going to be more of the Westworld you’ve come to expect and more digging down into some issues and some technology that is going to look familiar to us, as always," he said in a February interview. "It’s gonna be exciting. I’m not sure exactly when we’re to air but within the coming months, certainly." Season 3 of Westworld aired its finale over two years ago on May 3, 2020, leaving several questions unanswered. It was also the first season that branched out of the Westworld park and into the real world with the android, Delores.

Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld aired its first season on HBO in 2016. In an August 2021 interview, Joy teased that the fourth season of the sci-fi drama would showcase "new worlds," with "inversion" being the theme of the season. "You're going to see some new worlds that I think are really fun and you're going to see someone who I kidnapped from Reminiscence in a funny way," she said.

Westworld Season 4 will premiere on HBO on June 26, 2022.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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