What These New Westworld Regulars Mean For The Show

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Westworld is a confusing show. So confusing that there are entire subreddits devoted to parsing — and eventually figuring out —  the show's puzzles. With season 2 premiering on April 22, we can expect a whole new batch of tantalizing, infuriatingly opaque twists. Alas, we can't solve those mysteries yet, even if Westworld's creators briefly teased us by promising to spoil all of season 2 in a video.
There is one season 2 mystery we can solve, though, and that's the new cast members. The universe of Westworld is expanding to encompass another park called Shogun World. With a larger universe comes the need for a larger cast, too — new visitors to the park, new Westworld security to clean up the hosts' revolution, new androids to populate Shogun World, a park inspired by feudal Japan. The addition of these regular cast members means, more than anything, that we're finally getting to see the larger world that surrounded the action of Season 1.
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Many of the new cast members aren't quite household names yet — but they are coming close. Westworld season 2 will feature a Twilight werewolf, a Skarsgård brother, and Rogue One star, among others. Here's who you should look out for, and what their role may mean for Westworld season 2.
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Rinko Kikuchi

Who She's Playing: Kikuchi's character, Akane, appears in the trailer dressed as a geisha, likely in Shogun World.

Where You've Seen Her: In 2006, Kikuchi was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work playing a deaf-mute teenage girl in Babel. Most recently, she reprised her role as Mako Mori in Pacific Rim Uprising.
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Zahn McClarnon

Who He's Playing: McClarnon's character, Akecheta, appears in both the trailer for season 2 and the hidden "trailer with in a trailer," but in extremely different attire. In the hidden trailer, he wears a suit; in the official trailer, Akecheta rides on horseback and appears to be a member of Ghost Nation. While Ghost Nation's violent history was alluded to in season 1, it's clear the tribe will go from rumored presence to actual presence in season 2.

Where You've Seen Him: Zahn McClarnon, who is of Lakota and Irish descent, is best known for his work portraying American Indian characters. His longest-running role was as Mathias, the Chief of Indian Tribal Police, on AMC's Longmire. McClarnon also appeared as Hanzee Dent on Fargo.
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Julia Jones

Who She's Playing: Kohana

Where You've Seen Her: If you saw last summer's brutal, transfixing drama Wind River, you couldn't have forgotten Julia Jones' performance as Jeremy Renner's character's ex-wife. But Jones is most famous for playing Leah Clearwater, the only female shapeshifter in the Quileute tribe's remembered history, in the Twilight Saga.
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Gustaf Skarsgård

Who He's Playing: In Skarsgård's words, Karl Strand is "a man with a military background, who you call in to solve shit, get shit done.” In the Westworld creators' fake spoiler video, Skarsgård appears dressed in military garb. And in the official trailer, he's seen briefly in a suit.

Where You've Seen Him: Aside from your regular stalking of the Skarsgård brothers, you mean? Skarsgård, the second oldest child in the Swedish acting clan, is best known in the United States for his work on the show Vikings (tré Scandinavian). His work on Vikings attracted the attention of Daniel Day-Lewis, who called him "one of the truly great."
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Hiroyuki Sanada

Who He's Playing: Musashi

Where You've Seen Him: Hiroyuki Sanada got his start in Japanese movies and TV, but he's appeared in a wide array of American pop culture — from the sci-fi classic Sunshine to TV shows such as Lost, Extant, and The Last Ship. Recently, Sanada was cast in the third installment of John Wick.
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Peter Mullan

Who He's Playing: James Delos, the founder of Delos Inc., and the man responsible for our scary tale

Where You've Seen Him: The Scottish actor has appeared in many recognizable works from Great Britain, including Trainspotting, Braveheart, Harry Potter, and Children of Men.
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Fares Fares

Who He's Playing: Antoine Costa, tech expert extraordinaire

Where You've Seen Him: Fares Fares and Gustaf Skarsgård had a secret language on the Westworld set: Swedish. Fares and his family emigrated to Sweden from Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. After appearing in two Swedish movies, Fares crossed over to acting in Hollywood film and TV. He played Fauzi Nadal in Tyrant, and also appeared in Rogue One.
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Kiki Sukezane

Who She's Playing: Sakura

Where You've Seen Her: You'll see her very soon, actually — Sukezane has a role in Netflix's Lost in Space, out April 13. Her most long-running role in American TV was as Miko Atomo in Heroes Reborn. The Kyoto-born actress is also a trained martial artist.
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Tao Okamoto

Who She's Playing: Hanaryo

Where You've Seen Her: If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, then you saw Tao Okamoto. Okamoto played Lex Luther's assistant. In terms of TV, she appeared as Chiyo in Hannibal and Betty in The Man in the High Castle. Her first Hollywood role was playing Mariko in Wolverine.
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Katja Herbers

Who She's Playing: Grace, a park regular who visits Westworld just as everything's falling apart

Where You've Seen Her: After her stint on The Leftovers ended, Herbers found another HBO drama to appear in: Westworld. In addition to appearing in Dutch TV shows, Herbers was in Manhunt: Unabomber and The Americans.
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Jonathan Tucker

Who He's Playing: Major Craddock. But is Major Craddock involved with the military in the real world, or is he a host who thinks he's a major? We'll have to watch to find out.

Where You've Seen Him: A lot of good TV! Jonathan Tucker played Low-Key Lyesmith in American Gods, Bob Little in Parenthood, and Jay in Kingdom.
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