Hollywood bigwigs have been tossing around the notion of a remake of Michael Crichton's 1973 film Westworld for decades. Finally, with the help of HBO, a new television series adaptation has been brought to life by producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
For those unfamiliar with the premise, Westworld depicts essentially an adult theme park where guests are welcome to live lawlessly in a world constructed to look like the 1880s Wild West. Oh, and it is also filled with artificially intelligent androids. Think Jurassic Park meets Ex Machina meets The Truman Show. The series has been described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Westwood boasts an impressive ensemble cast including Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, one of the park's artificial humans, and Anthony Hopkins as Westorld creator Dr. Robert Ford. Also starring in the series are Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jimmi Simpson. In addition to being the show's creators, Joy and Nolan are producing the series alongside J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub.
Last night, the first official and "mature" trailer aired before the season finale of The Night Of, and it's already piqued my interest. If you haven't already, check it out below!
The trailer might be a brief two minute and 10 seconds, but it certainly packs a punch. Better yet, it leaves us with plenty of questions to be answered.
Since there is so much to take in, I'm going to do a quick breakdown so we can take a closer look at what HBO has to offer with Westworld.
Welcome To Westworld
Where nothing is really as it seems. James Marsden plays Teddy Flood, one of the park's guests. He quickly forms a bond with Dolores, leaving us to wonder whether the fake world is a little too convincing.
"You're Not Real."
A harsh truth for artificial reality to face, and this kid holds nothing back. I can't wait to see what happens when Dolores comes to terms with this fact.
"Bring Yourself Back Online."
As we can see, Dolores keeps getting snapped back from the life she knows in Westworld to a more aware state of consciousness in which she understands who — or what — she really is.
"You're In My Dream."
This trailer gives me some serious Hunger Games and The Truman Show vibes. Not to mention, casting Anthony Hopkins as Westworld's God-type character sounds like a match made in heaven.
Anthony Hopkins Creating New Life
Jeffrey Wright, best known as Beetee from The Hunger Games series, plays Bernard Lowe, the man who helped Dr. Ford bring these characters to life. Fiction has told us time and time again that this never ends up well, but that never stops characters in shows like these.
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Those who pay to visit Westword are promised that their every capricious whim and desire will be met. But what happens when the "inhabitants" of Westworld start to become sentient and turn on the guests?
Exploring Two Different Worlds
We've only seen the trailer, but so far the cinematography looks absolutely phenomenal. The juxtaposition of shots of the monochromatic Old West and the hyper-futuristic aesthetic of the "real world" suggests the two planes fit together surprisingly well.
Sh*t Gets Crazy
The true threat to Westworld is still a mystery, but I'm guessing it has something to do with Ed Harris's character, billed simply as "the Man in Black." I don't know about you, but I can't wait to find out more!
I'll happily give Westworld a chance, at least until Game of Thrones comes back. After all, HBO hasn't let me down yet!
Westword premieres on HBO on October 2 at 9PM.
If you could travel back to one period in a Westworld style adventure, which would it be?
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]