Westworld: HBO’s Reboot Casts First Two Stars

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A TV reboot of the 1973 film Westworld, which was written and directed by iconic author Michael Crichton could be on HBO very soon. The pilot episode has already cast two of its stars, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, with James Marsden also in talks.

The pilot episode has already cast two of its stars, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, with James Marsden also in talks.

A sci-fi/western hybrid, Crichton’s original film told the story of a future resort wherein guests pay to live out fantasies in an assortment of period-set amusement parks. In typical Chrichton fashion, the androids that are meant to inhabit each of the individual parks run amok, killing many of the guests, crew, and technicians. The film starred James Brolin (Father of Josh) and Yul Brynner as the ‘Gunslinger’ – an android in the futuristic, Wild West-themed amusement park of the film’s title.

HBO Westworld Cast Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood Westworld: HBOs Reboot Casts First Two Stars

Jonathan Nolan (Person Of Interest) and his wife Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) are co-writing it, while J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is producing alongside Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra). Deadline reports that Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence Of The Lambs, Thor) and Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood) have been cast in the pilot (potential series) for HBO’s Westworld, with X-Men star James Marsden supposedly in talks as well. Here are the reported character details for Hopkins and Wood:

Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood plays the provincial, beautiful and kind Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.

The concept for the series will be similar to the film’s —set in a futuristic, Western-themed amusement park—but it will instead focus more on the androids…who don’t realize they’re androids. The film still needs humans and Hopkins’ role as Dr. Robert Ford is described as a mix between “Dr. Moreau, Blade Runner’s Dr. Tyrell, and just a little bit like Jurassic Park’s John Hammond.” While Wood and Marsden (should he choose to expect his mission) would play the leads, robots in love who are constantly faced with the obstacle of having their programming rebooted anytime they “die”.

HBO has commissioned a pilot but it’s still uncertain as to whether or not they will develop Westworld into a full series. Westworld also marks Bad Robot’s first major cable sale, and one of HBO’s largest pilot commitments in years, and could help to replace the outgoing Boardwalk Empire and True Blood.

A sequel to the original movie, Futureworld was released in 1976 and starred Peter Fonda, followed by a short-lived TV series Beyond Westworld, which ran in 1980.

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