Actor Hiroyuki Sanada joins HBO’s ‘Westworld’

The U.S.-based actor Hiroyuki Sanada (56) will join the second season of the HBO-produced sci-fi drama ‘Westworld’, IMDb posted. There is no details about his character yet but as he has impressive experience with action films and doing stunts, an adrenaline-driven cowboy cyborg is not out of the question.

‘Westworld’ debuted on the streaming service giant HBO a year ago. The show is set in a Wild West theme park where visitors get to experience the mythical west with all its glory, from saloon fights to wanted-dead-or-alive criminals. The skillfully created visuals and moral dilemmas of the script won over the critics and fans alike, becoming one of the most talked about TV shows of the year. The second season will air sometime in the spring next year.

Aside Ken Watanabe, Sanada is one of the few Japanese actors who has found genuine success in Hollywood, to the extent that he is currently residing in the United States. Some of his notable appearances include a recent sci-fi film ‘Life’ (2017), a Sherlock Holmes adaptation ‘Mr. Holmes’ (2015), a WW2 drama ‘The Railway Man’ (2013) and a superhero film ‘Wolverine’ (2013). Sanada is no stranger to small screen either: such shows as ‘Lost’ and ‘The Last Ship’ adorn his curriculum vitae. With a number of sci-fi productions already in his pocket, ‘Westworld’ seems like a natural next step for the hard-working actor.

  • Comments

    • ennie

      He has also worked with Anthony Hopkins (who is on the show) before. I can’t exactly say who his character is…but I have a decent idea where his character is (that’s a spoiler though)

    • eplizo

      He is my DADDY! I love him in everything lol.

    • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

      don’t know him but damn.. he’s a cutie. ❤_❤

    • Talking about Sci-fi dramas, I just finished Circle which was super compelling & amazing. I rarely get this much excitement while watching a drama but Circle combined creative writing and interesting plots without being pretentious. ♥

      Sanada is basically acting in small roles so idk whether it is okay to call it genuine success. But if he is making more acting in these small roles than being a big star in Japan, then good for him.

    • pondloso

      OMG! Please please gave him a lot of ep or even multi season.
      Westworld is really good show since the wire i’m not really hook up to any American tv show
      but Westworld really make me want to know more.

    • I want to be relevant :(


    • light

      Still have to begin Westworld, my friend really likes it

    • Encha277

      I like to imagine that he and Ken Watanabe are at least friends since they are really the only two “successful” Japanese actors in Hollywood nowadays

    • Historia Lenz

      Super loved him in Twilight Samurai.

    • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

      Hiroyuki Sanada papi *_*. This man is like a good wine, only gets better with age. Good for him! Great actor. My favorite role of him was as Douson in Onmyouji (I am a big Abe No Seimei fan).

    • Awesome! <3