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Jeffrey Wright's Best Movies: From 'Westworld' to 'Casino Royale'

Monica Otayza
Jul 05, 2022
12:50 P.M.
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Jeffrey Wright has earned his place in Hollywood for hits like "Westworld" and "Casino Royale." The actor has bagged a Golden Globe Award, Tony Award, and Primetime Emmy Awards, among many others, for his best performances.

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Two years after HBO announced the return of "Westworld" for its fourth season, it finally came to fruition. The hit show released its first episode on June 26, titled "The Auguries."

Fans can expect their favorite characters to return to the show, including Dolores, played by Evan Rachel Wood, Maeve, portrayed by Thandie Newton, and Bernard, starred by Jeffrey Wright, but no official announcement has been made on their appearances.

Jeffrey Wright attends the premiere of HBO's "Westworld" Season 4 on June 21, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Jeffrey Wright attends the premiere of HBO's "Westworld" Season 4 on June 21, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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JEFFREY WRIGHT'S MOST FAMOUS ROLES AND MOVIES

Jeffrey Wright has made a name for himself in the Hollywood industry after pursuing indie and major-label film and TV projects through the years. From his comedy film "Broken Flowers" to his recent appearance on "Batman," here are some of his most-celebrated movies through the years.

  • Casino Royale (2006)

In the first James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, he is joined by a blockbuster cast of actors to bring the story of intelligence and gambling to life. In the movie, Craig, who plays the titular character James Bond, tracks down a financier named Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelson, who has ties to terrorist organizations worldwide.

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Craig's Bond is supported by Wright's character, CIA operative Felix Leiter, who infiltrates a game of pocket at Montenegro's Le Casino Royale, where Le Chiffre was scheduled to participate.

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  • Source Code (2011)

In 2011, Wright starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in a science fiction thriller about a US Army captain on a mission to solve a terrorist attack on a commuter train in Chicago. Wright's character, Dr. Rutledge, spearheads an experimental machine called "Source Code."

Dr. Rutledge's "Source Code" machine uses the deceased passenger's memories to create a simulation of the attack, which Gyllenhaal's character, Colter Stevens, enters several times. As he enters the simulation repetitively to prevent other attacks from happening, he realizes that the simulation is a gateway into alternate realities.

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Jeffrey Wright and Jake Gyllenhaal attend the after-party following the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Source Code' on March 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Jeffrey Wright and Jake Gyllenhaal attend the after-party following the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Source Code' on March 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

  • OG (2018)

In "OG," Wright appears as an incarcerated man named Louis nearing the end of his 24-year sentence for a crime he committed in his youth. He decides to befriend a young new inmate named Beecher, whose mannerisms reminded Louis of himself when he first entered jail.

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Wright's character Louis becomes attached to Beecher, trying to help him adjust to life in jail before he re-enters the real world, which he hasn't seen in decades.

(L-R) Boyd Holbrook, Kevin Jackson, Stephanie Berry, Jeffrey Wright, William Fichtner, attend the screening of 'O.G.' in New York on April 20, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

(L-R) Boyd Holbrook, Kevin Jackson, Stephanie Berry, Jeffrey Wright, William Fichtner, attend the screening of 'O.G.' in New York on April 20, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Suzanne Collins's hit series "The Hunger Games," starring Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Liam Hemsworth, also starred Wright, who played Beetee. He was a District 3 tribute in the dystopian Hunger Games contest skilled in electronics.

The film shows Beetee joining an alliance to protect Lawrence's character, Katniss. Thanks to his knowledge and intelligence, he proves himself to be a great ally.

Willow Shield, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Jennifer Lawrence, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland attend the UK Premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on November 11, 2013 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Willow Shield, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Jennifer Lawrence, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland attend the UK Premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on November 11, 2013 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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  • Broken Flowers (2005)

In the comedy film by Jim Jarmusch starring Bill Murray, Wright played the lead character's neighbor Winston. In the story, Murray's character Don Johnston received an anonymous letter informing him of a son he never knew. He tracks down his ex-girlfriends in hopes of finding the person who sent the letter.

Winston is a lover of mystery novels, and he urges Johnston to push through with his plan. He helps him search for the women he used to date, even booking the travel arrangements for him.

Jeffrey Wright and Heather Simms during 'Broken Flowers' New York City Premiere in New York City, New York. | Source: Getty Images

Jeffrey Wright and Heather Simms during 'Broken Flowers' New York City Premiere in New York City, New York. | Source: Getty Images

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  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

Showing Wright's versatility, he starred in Jim Jarmusch's horror movie starring on-screen couple Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinston. Hiddleston and Swinston's characters, Adam and Eve, are ancient vampire lovers afraid of being outed.

Instead of drinking blood directly from humans, they rely on blood banks for food. Wright plays a blood bank manager named Dr. Watson, who, for a sum, indulges Adam's desire for O-negative blood.

Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton and director Jim Jarmusch attend the "Only Lovers Left Alive" premiere during the 51st New York Film Festival on October 10, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton and director Jim Jarmusch attend the "Only Lovers Left Alive" premiere during the 51st New York Film Festival on October 10, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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  • Confirmation (2016)

"Confirmation" shows Clarence Thomas's 1991 Supreme Court nomination, when he was accused by his former employee, Anita Hill, of sexual harassment.

Hill, starred by Kerry Washington, is put in the spotlight after her accusations were leaked to the media. She is then thrust into a highly publicized court case, wherein she is asked to share what happened with Thomas in front of the Congressional committee. Wright portrayed Charles Ogletree, Hill's attorney, during the case.

Alison Wright, Jeffery Wright, Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Eric Stonestreet, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Greg Kinnear attend the Los Angeles premiere of HBO Films' 'Confirmation' on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Alison Wright, Jeffery Wright, Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Eric Stonestreet, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Greg Kinnear attend the Los Angeles premiere of HBO Films' 'Confirmation' on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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  • The Batman (2021)

In the Robert Pattinson adaptation of "The Batman," Wright plays Lieutenant James Gordon, a Gotham City Police District officer who collaborates with the titular character throughout the film. He is the seventh actor to play the cop in live-action adaptations of "Batman."

Wright admits to relying on comics to learn more about his character rather than previous film adaptations of the masked superhero, hoping to navigate uncharted territory while playing the role. On top of the comics, he also analyzed Gotham's analog, New York City, for some real-life inspiration.

Jeffrey Wright attends a special screening of 'The Batman' at BFI IMAX Waterloo on February 23, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Jeffrey Wright attends a special screening of 'The Batman' at BFI IMAX Waterloo on February 23, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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JEFFREY WRIGHT'S ROLE ON "WESTWORLD"

Aside from his many movies, Wright has also starred in some TV shows through the years, the most notable being "Westworld." With the recent airing of its fourth season's pilot episode, many fans wondered why Wright's character, Bernard, was nowhere to be seen.

In the sci-fi show, Bernard is a robot "host" that spends a lot of his time trying to figure out what's happening around him. He is considered the show's detective and also the fixer and solver of problems.

Luke Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Aaron Paul, Angela Sarafyan, and Tessa Thompson attend the premiere of HBO's "Westworld" Season 4 on June 21, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Luke Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Aaron Paul, Angela Sarafyan, and Tessa Thompson attend the premiere of HBO's "Westworld" Season 4 on June 21, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Although he was present in the season three post-credits teaser, where he awakens in the same motel room from which he accessed the Valley Beyond, it is unknown whether he woke up during the season 4 timeline or somewhere further along.

Whatever Bernard discovered during his absence will play an essential role in the new season's overall story. Fans will have to wait and see how the series unfolds before getting a taste of what Bernard's storyline offers them.

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