Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to serial TV as part of the impressive ensemble cast of HBO’s “Westworld,” which will air on the network this fall. Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, HBO describes its adaptation as a dark tale about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Anthony Hopkins stars as a Dr. Robert Ford, a brilliant engineer and chairman of the board of Westworld, a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park – who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park and means of realizing that vision.
Also in the cast are Evan Rachel Wood, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman.
Newton plays a character named Maeve Millay, who is described as beautiful and razor-sharp, with a knack for survival – Westworld’s madame whose seen-it-all, a POV that will be challenged. Meanwhile, Wright plays a character named Bernard Lowe, who is described as the brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s programming division, who possesses a keen observation of human nature that inspires his work, which is, creating artificial people.
The one-hour drama series (ten episodes) adaptation is executive produced by J.J. Abrams, who seemingly has his hands in so much these days, both on the big and small screens. He’s a busy guy!
Jonathan Nolan (Christopher Nolan’s brother, who also co-wrote a number of Christopher’s films, as well as the CBS hit series “Person of Interest”) co-wrote the pilot (with Lisa Joy), and is directing as well.
Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television are also producers.
In Crichton’s 1973 film, Yul Brynner starred as a malfunctioning robot gunslinger.
HBO has dropped a first trailer for the much-anticipated series. Check out it below: