He’s friend not foe!
Netflix is now confirming what we reported last month: ‘Westworld’ actor Ben Barnes is joining Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ as a series regular, although he will not be playing an antagonist to Jon Bernthal’s titular vigilante (aka Frank Castle), as we speculated. Rather, the English actor has been cast as Billy Russo, Frank’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces. Billy runs a successful private military corporation called Anvil.
Viewers got their first look at Bernthal’s gun-toting antihero in Season 2 of ‘Daredevil’, which dropped last March. Netflix formally pulled the trigger on a Punisher-centric series one month later (although the project was unofficially greenlit back in January). ‘Hannibal’ scribe Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner. ‘The Punisher’ is slated to premiere in 2017.
Just a friendly reminder that ‘Westworld’ premieres tonight at 9 PM (ET/PT) on HBO. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out 2 featurettes in our video archive.
The official descriptions for the first 5 episodes are behind the cut:
Frank Castle, meet thy enemy?
Netflix’s latest Marvel spinoff, ‘The Punisher’, has cast English actor Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) in a series-regular role opposite Jon Bernthal’s titular vigilante, TVLine has learned exclusively. Character info is sketchy, but one rumor making the rounds has Barnes — who will next be seen in HBO’s big-budget ‘Westworld’ — portraying antagonist Bobby Saint, the corrupt crime prodigy played in the 2004 film by James Carpinello.
Barnes’ stateside TV credits also include playing Sam Adams in the 2015 History miniseries ‘Sons of Liberty’.
Viewers got their first look at Bernthal’s gun-toting antihero in Season 2 of ‘Daredevil’, which dropped last March. Netflix formally pulled the trigger on a Punisher-centric series one month later. ‘Hannibal’ scribe Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.
HBO has set a premiere date for their highly-anticipated sci-fi western drama ‘Westworld’. The series will debut Sunday, October 2nd at 9 PM (ET).
The one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
ICYMI: Check out the first official trailer for ‘Westworld’ in our video archive.
There’s been a casting change behind the scenes on HBO’s Westworld: Actor Eion Bailey is leaving the sci-fi thriller a week after he was announced as joining the show. A scheduling conflict emerged before Bailey started, and now Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia) is taking over the role of Logan.
The character is described as a “louche bachelor and veteran Westworld guest. His hedonistic romp through Westworld is equally motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William.”
Westworld stars James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris in the series version of Michael Crichton’s techno-thriller about androids run amok at a fantasy-fulfilling theme park. The show is planned for 2016.
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