HBO has been promising a big-budget and ludicrously starry remake of the ’70s sci-fi classic Westworld since 2014, but now, after numerous delays, it seems it’s finally ready.
And what better way to promote it than launch a trailer right before the start of Game of Thrones? Viewers settling down last night (June 19) to watch the penultimate installment of the fantasy epic’s sixth season also got a preview of what will undoubtedly be the next big unmissable show.
“Big” because it has a mega-$53 million budget, and “unmissable” because it involves a cast of demonic, robotic cowboys played by a list of stars as long as your arm, with Sir Anthony Hopkins in his first TV role sitting at the top of it.
Still not convinced you’ll be watching? Here’s the new and decidedly disturbing trailer:
Based on a 1973 movie written and directed by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton, the TV series is set in a Wild West-themed amusement park where robots act out customers’ fantasies.
Hopkins portrays Dr. Robert Ford, the park’s complicated creative director, while the Man in Black, played in the original movie by Yul Brynner, is played here by Ed Harris.
Not everyone is in on the secret, however, and Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), described as “the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West,” is about to discover her idyllic existence is “an elaborately constructed lie.”
Also starring are James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins Jr., Lili Simmons, Simon Quarterman, and Angela Sarafyan.
And the big names don’t end there. Lisa Joy, who’s just been snapped up to write the Battlestar Galactica movie, and Jonathan Nolan, who wrote Interstellar and The Dark Knight, are responsible for the script, and the show is being produced by one J.J. Abrams.
Watch out for Westworld this fall.
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