'Westworld' Season 4: Oscar winner Ariana DeBose to appear in HBO's dystopian sci-fi drama

'Westworld' has cast the 'West Side Story' actress in an undisclosed role as a recurring guest star


                            'Westworld' Season 4: Oscar winner Ariana DeBose to appear in HBO's dystopian sci-fi drama
Ariana DeBose (L) and Evan Rachel Wood(R) in 'Westworld' Season 4 (HBO)
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Emmy-winning 'Westworld' created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is coming back with a new season after the show was last seen on HBO more than two years ago, wrapping its third season in May 2020. The sci-fi drama focuses on the interactions between the hosts and humans in a futuristic theme park and the challenges that arise when the lines between them start to blur. In the third season, the series' setting expanded to the real world, in the mid-21st century, where people's lives are driven and controlled by a powerful artificial intelligence named Rehoboam.

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The show's producers have not revealed the exact synopsis for the new season. The fourth season is simply described as “a dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on earth.” The trailer for the new season gives the viewers a glimpse of cryptic imagery and character teases by revealing the June 26 premiere date of the fourth season. All eight episodes of Season 4 of 'Westworld' will air at 9 p.m. on HBO and will also be available to stream through HBO Max. Additionally, the new season will be joined by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose in a recurring guest role.

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Ariana DeBose was last seen in Steven Spielberg’s ‘The West Side Story’ and won the best-supporting actress for her portrayal of Anita at the Oscars last year. She even received a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for her critically acclaimed performance. It has been confirmed that the star will appear in a recurring guest role for 'Westworld’s' upcoming fourth season.

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Ariana DeBose, winner of Best Supporting Actress for "West Side Story", poses in the Winners Room at the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at The Savoy on March 13, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

The nature of DeBose’s role remains a mystery, similar to the details surrounding the plot of the new season. However, series co-creator Lisa Joy teased that she will be playing a roommate who may or may not have a crush on Evan Rachel Wood's character. In an interview with USA Today, Ariana revealed that she had a great time working on 'Westworld' and was thrilled to act alongside Evan Rachel Wood. She also mentioned, “It's a hard show to work on and changes on a dime. But I really like my clothes. I mean, clothes are half the character".

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DeBose joins a cast of returning players that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Aaron Paul and Angela Sarafyan.

Apart from the HBO show, DeBose has also joined the cast of Sony’s upcoming comic book adaptation 'Kraven the Hunter'. Additionally, the theatrically trained actress will host this year’s Tony Awards ceremony.

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Nolan and Joy will continue to serve as executive producers for the upcoming season of 'Westworld' along with J J Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk. 'Westworld' comes from production companies Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The first episode of 'Westworld' Season 4 will premiere on June 26 exclusively on HBO.

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