Ariana DeBose, who starred in West Side Story, has joined the cast of HBO's Westworld season 4, albeit her role is still unknown.
Season 4 of Westworld welcomes Ariana DeBose to the cast. The 31-year-old actress won her first Academy Award for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story musical. DeBose first appeared on television in 2009's So You Think You Can Dance and has since been in the Apple TV comedy Schmigadoon! and the Broadway production of Hamilton, as well as supplying the voice of Danielle in Netflix's Big Mouth offshoot Human Resources. DeBose's star continues to rise, as she was just cast in Sony's Marvel film Kraven the Hunter.
Westworld, created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, premiered on HBO in 2016 to acclaim. The award-winning series is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 original film and follows the creation of sentient androids that are held in a number of so-called theme parks for the amusement of humans but have no free will. HBO has published the first trailer for Westworld season 4 after a nearly two-year hiatus, foreshadowing Evan Rachel Wood's surprising reappearance following the apparent death of her original character, Dolores, in season 3.
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DeBose is the most recent addition to Westworld season 4's roster, according to Variety. DeBose's new function, like that of Wood's character, is shrouded in secrecy. Despite this, it is expected that she will appear in the upcoming eight-episode season as a recurring guest. She was originally seen standing behind Wood in the season 4 teaser, which was the first sign that she had joined the series.
Thandiwe Newton, Aaron Paul, Luke Hemsworth, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, and Angela Sarafyan are among the returning cast members of Hamilton. Story specifics for Westworld season 4 have been kept mostly under wraps, describing it merely as a "dark odyssey." The recently released teaser offered little insight into what's to come, and DeBose's casting announcement offered even less information about Westworld's upcoming episodes. Characters like the Man in Black (Harris) are clearly back on the warpath, and Joy has hinted that Westworld season 4 would visit some of the other parks.
Westworld fans are understandably excited to see what season 4 has in store after a two-year wait since the release of season 3. With so much of the plot kept under wraps (despite some small set photographs indicating Wood's return), DeBose's involvement is a pleasant surprise. With an A-list cast since season one, which included Anthony Hopkins, the show may be looking to boost its star power even further with the addition of the freshly crowned Oscar winner in a mysterious new role. Fans will not have to wait long for DeBose's Westworld debut, whether he is human or a Host.