New Details And Images From HBO's Westworld
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Next year, HBO will be bringing its adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 movie Westworld to television. Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy and J.J. Abrams are all onboard as executive producers with HBO surely hoping to replicate some of the success of their epic Game Of Throne TV series.
In the same manner as the movie, the TV show is set in a futuristic theme park populated by androids. Naturally everything falls apart when those androids gain self awareness and begin to take over the park. HBO have described it as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
A whole host of images have now been released, featuring the show's impressive cast in action; James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, with Anthony Hopkins as the park manager and Ed Harris taking on Yul Brynner's iconic role as the gunslinger.
In the last couple of days, there have been some cast changes too. First up, Miranda Otto (Lord Of The Rings) has left the project after her character was 're-envisioned' after the pilot episode. She'll be heading off to Homeland for season five instead.
Danish actress Sidse Babbett Knudsen (Borgen) will be taking on Otto's role of Theresa Cullen, described as 'Westworld’s terse operations leader, responsible for keeping the park from sliding into unscripted chaos.'
Eion Bailey, who is perhaps best known for the role of August / Pinocchio in Once Upon A Time, will be playing Logan, a 'louche bachelor and veteran Westworld guest. His hedonistic romp through Westworld is equally motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William'.
Jimmi Simpson (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will be playing said friend William, a 'reluctant first time visitor to Westworld, joining his friend, Logan. Initially dismissive of the park’s more lascivious attractions, he slowly uncovers a deeper meaning to the park’s narrative.'
Finally, Clifton Collins, Jr. (Star Trek) has been cast as Lawrence, a 'charming but lethal outlaw, with a knack for maneuvering and negotiating the various criminal elements of Westworld.'
Westworld is sure to be a big television event in 2016. More news on the show as we have it...