The original Westworld depicted a dystopian future where an architect designs several resorts (medieval, greco-roman, western, etc.) based on different themes that vacationers would enjoy. These resorts were livable environments that offered immersive experiences, complete with androids programmed to follow scripts to create an alternate reality for the guests.
Check out the trailer for the original below:
Last year, HBO announced that they were producing a remake of the '73 cult classic with Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher Nolan) and J.J. Abrams behind the project; and, the more scintillating trailers they release, the more impressive the cast seems. While most will play the vacationing visitors, HBO has enlisted a variety of all-star actors to embody the androids and the creators of Westworld.
We take a look at the magnificent actors that will populate the town of Westworld and what they will bring to the table:
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1. Anthony Hopkins
The master thespian has sunk his teeth into the most difficult roles; everything from serial killers to Shakespeare, nothing is beyond his expertise. Hopkins will assume the role of Dr. Robert Ford, the mastermind and architect behind these virtual vacation resorts who is fueled by utopian ideals but refuses to see the underlying complications behind giving life to A.I. androids.
Check out the extended trailer below:
2. Ed Harris
Harris brings as much experience to the table as Hopkins as one of Hollywood's most celebrated character actors. Harris has proven his versatility by playing a tortured artist in Pollock, to a malicious villain in A History of Violence. Harris will take on the role of the Man in Black, an android character once portrayed by Yule Brenner, whom vacationers are encouraged to shoot down during their routine duel. The Man in Black flies off the rails once he gains sentience and tries to bring down the virtual world around him.
3. Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood started her acting career early and won the critics' attention with her controversial role in Thirteen as a troubled teenager dabbling in drugs and promiscuity, and has never shied away from a tricky role since. Wood will play Dolores Abernathy, a humble frontier girl who slowly pieces together the truth that her life is an elaborately constructed lie.
4. Thandie Newton
Equally gifted in comedy and drama, Thandie Newton has been awarded for her quick wit and her poignant performances with several awards, including a BAFTA for her role in Crash. She will play Maeve Millay, the sharp-tongued, scheming Madam (Western slang for brothel boss) who runs the seedier side of Westworld.
5. James Marsden
James Marsden combines leading man looks with comedic sensibility, which makes him an unpredictable force — perhaps deceptively simple. His career has mostly consisted of rom-coms and comedies, so it will be interesting to see him jump into a darker story. Marsden plays Teddy Flood, an aimless gunslinger who trots into town to pursue Evan Rachel Wood's character but it's uncertain whether his character will be human or android. We'll just have to wait to find out.
Which world would you want to go to if you visited Westworld?