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Jonathon Dornbush
September 18, 2015 AT 07:01 PM EDT

HBO’s Westworld has added another familiar face to its cast in a role that promises to keep the drama going in the ambitious new series.

Selma and Dear White People star Tessa Thompson has joined the Westworld cast in the series regular role of Charlotte Hale. Little is known about Hale at the moment, but HBO promises she has a “unique perspective” on Westworld who will serve as an instigating force on the show.

Thompson joins a star-studded ensemble cast including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, and many more. HBO announced cast additions earlier this summer to the series, as well as the switching of one already announced actor in the role of Logan.

Westworld comes from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, in addition to producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk. Based on Michael Crichton’s thriller about things going wrong at a theme park full of extremely realistic androids.

For more on the show, set to debut in 2016, watch the first teaser above, and read EW’s interview with the show’s producers.

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