HBO's Westworld — Featurette: 'Classic Western Meets Science Fiction Film'


added: Sun, Sep 18th '16

HBO has released a new featurette for their new series "Westworld," which is introducing viewers to some of the major themes of the much-talked-about TV adaptation of Michael Crichton's trippy science-fiction/western thriller.

And much like Crichton's cult 1973 film of the same name, the upcoming series is taking place in the near future and revolves around an artificial amusement park that's been designed to look and feel like the old American West. Highly-advanced androids have been created to satisfy the desires of rich visitors, but a rogue gun-slinging robot (played by Ed Harris) makes a conscious effort to cause civilian casualties.

Anthony Hopkins stars as Dr. Robert Ford, the morally ambiguous creator of the Westworld theme park. Jeffrey Wright plays Ford's lead android designer, Bernard Lowe. While Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton are Dolores and Maeve, two androids who are on the verge of self-awareness.

"The Dark Knight Rises" and "Interstellar" screenwriter Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher) has partnered up with his TV writer wife, Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), to serve as showrunners on the HBO series, which is also executive produced by J.J. Abrams.

"Westworld" will run for ten episodes, beginning on Sunday, October 2.

"Westworld" is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The one-hour drama series is inspired by the film of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton.


directed by   Jonathan Nolan (pilot episode)

starring   Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Rodrigo Santoro, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Shannon Woodward, Angela Sarafyan, Ben Barnes, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman

release date   October 2, 2016 (on HBO)

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