Westworld (TV series)

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Westworld
Genre
Created by
Based on Westworld 
by Michael Crichton
Starring
Composer(s) Ramin Djawadi[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Athena Wickham
Cinematography Paul Cameron
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original airing 2015 (2015)

Westworld is an upcoming science fiction thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO, based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton. Nolan will serve as executive producer along with Joy, J. J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk with Nolan directing the pilot.[2]

Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,"[3] the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant creative director of Westworld.[3]
  • James Marsden as Teddy Flood, a newly arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty.[4]
  • Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, a Western girl who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie.[3]
  • Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, head of the Westworld Programming Division and creator of artificial people.[5]
  • Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay, the beautiful and sharp madame of Westworld.[6]
  • Miranda Otto as Virginia Pittmann, head of Westworld's Quality Assurance and a ruthless power player.[7]
  • Rodrigo Santoro as Harlan Bell, a wanted man bent on survival.[5]
  • Ed Harris as the Man in Black, a mysterious villain.[8]
  • Shannon Woodward as Elsie King, a rising star in the Programming Division tasked with odd behavior in the park's artificial beings.[5]
  • Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, a brutal and ruthless bandit.[5]
  • Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather, an artificial being and one of Westworld's most popular attractions.[5]
  • Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, Westworld's narrative director, whose artistic temperament aggravates his co-workers.[5]
  • Eddie Rouse as Kissy, short for Kisecawchuck, an American-Indian card dealer who also deals contraband goods.[4] Rouse died on December 7, 2014, shortly after filming the pilot episode.[8]
  • Lena Georgas as Lori.[9]
  • Currie Graham as Craig.[10]
  • Ptolemy Slocum as Sylvester.[9]
  • Louis Herthum as Peter Abernathy.[9]

Kyle Bornheimer, Demetrius Grosse, Steven Ogg and Timothy Lee DePriest have also been cast in unspecified roles.[11]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Warner Bros. had been considering a remake of Westworld since the early 1990s and after the departure of studio executive Jessica Goodman in 2011, the project was again under consideration.[12] A feature film remake did not happen, and on August 31, 2013 it was announced that premium cable channel HBO had ordered a pilot for a potential television series version of the story, with Jonathan Nolan directing and co-writing with Lisa Joy. Nolan, Joy, J. J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk will be executive producing.[2]

HBO announced on November 17, 2014 that Westworld had been taken to series and would premiere sometime in 2015.[13] It will be the second series based on Crichton's original story after 1980's Beyond Westworld, which aired only three episodes on CBS before being cancelled.[14]

Casting[edit]

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood were the first cast members to be formally announced, taking on the roles of Dr. Robert Ford and Dolores Abernathy, respectively.[3] Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman were all announced as cast members in August 2014.[5] James Marsden and Eddie Rouse were also added to the cast.[4] Ed Harris was cast in a key villain role, known only as the Man in Black.[10] Other roles were filled by Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, Timothy Lee DePriest, Ptolemy Slocum, Thandie Newton, and Miranda Otto.[11][6][7][9]

Filming[edit]

Filming for the pilot took place in July and August 2014 in and around Los Angeles, California.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ramin Djawadi to Score HBO’s ‘Westworld’". Film Music Reporter. 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Gelman, Vlada (August 31, 2013). "HBO Greenlights Sci-Fi Pilot Westworld From J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan". TVLine. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Goldberg, Lesley (July 22, 2014). "Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood to Star in HBO's 'Westworld'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Johns, Nikara (August 8, 2014). "James Marsden Joins HBO's 'Westworld'". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Hibberd, James (August 6, 2014). "'Hunger Games,' 'Raising Hope' actors join HBO's 'Westworld'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Noonan, Kevin (August 13, 2014). "Thandie Newton Joins HBO's 'Westworld'". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (August 15, 2014). "HBO's Westworld Snags Miranda Otto". TVLine. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (2014-12-08). "Ed Harris As “Westworld’s” the Man In Black!". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-12-21. 
  9. ^ a b c d Nededog, Jethro; Sneider, Jeff (August 11, 2014). "'Looking' Actor Ptolemy Slocum Joins HBO's 'Westworld' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (August 11, 2014). "Ed Harris Set as Key Villain in HBO's 'Westworld'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley; Ng, Philiana (August 8, 2014). "James Marsden to Star in HBO's 'Westworld'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (January 19, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Lethal Weapon,' 'Wild Bunch' Reboots Revived After Warner Bros. Exec Shuffle". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Hibberd, James (November 17, 2014). "'Westworld' gets HBO series order". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Gibson, Brody (September 3, 2013). "Abrams And Nolan Team Up For Westworld HBO Pilot". Boomtron. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ Laratonda, C. Ryanne. "Los Angeles Film & TV Production Listings". Backstage. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 29, 2014). "How HBO's 'Westworld' Became TV's Hottest Project". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 

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