It looks like HBO’s planned 21st century reimagining of the cult film ‘Westworld’ is moving forward at rapid pace.
And it would appear that no expense is being spared when it comes to casting the new series.
The premium cable channel has hired to academy award winners in the form of Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood for roles in the series.
Hopkins will not be playing the role made famous by Yul Brynner, which would look pretty silly. But the below information does give us some clues on what roles the aforementioned actors will play on the show.
The 1973 version of Westworld—from techno-thriller author Michael Crichton—was about a futuristic theme park populated with robot characters who malfunctioned and attacked the guests. (Later, Crichton would use a similar plot for his bestselling novel Jurassic Park.) In the HBO pilot, Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, described as “the brilliant, taciturn and complicated Creative Director, Chief Programmer and Chairman of the Board of Westworld; Ford has an uncompromising creative vision for the park—and unorthodox methods of achieving it.” Wood plays Dolores Abernathy, “provincial, beautiful and kind. Dolores is the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West—who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.”
Wood’s character description suggests that she’s an android, and that Westworld’s robots will be similar to those in Blade Runner or the Battlestar Galactic reboot—convincingly humanoid and sometimes unaware of their own artificiality.
At present HBO’s ‘Westworld’ is just at the pilot stage, but with Hopkins on board and a high-powered team behind the camera (executive producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk, and producer-director Jonathan Nolan), the project has a very good chance of a series pick up.
The original movie ‘Westworld’ spawned a sequel called ‘Futureworld’ and a failed television series in the late 70s also called ‘Futureworld,’ which focused on the plot of a mad scientist to take over the world with robots made up to pass as human.
Written By: Ian Cullen