Westworld (TV series)
Title logo for Westworld
by Michael Crichton
|Country of origin||United States|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
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 serves as executive producer along with Joy, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk with Nolan directing the pilot. It is scheduled to premiere in 2016.
Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.
- Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant creative director of Westworld.
- Ed Harris as the Man in Black, a mysterious villain.
- Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, a Western girl who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie.
- James Marsden as Teddy Flood, a newly arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty.
- Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay, the beautiful and sharp madame of Westworld.
- Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, head of the Westworld Programming Division and creator of artificial people.
- Sidse Babett Knudsen as Theresa Cullen, Westworld’s terse operations leader, responsible for keeping the park from sliding into unscripted chaos.
- Rodrigo Santoro as Harlan Bell, a wanted man bent on survival.
- Shannon Woodward as Elsie King, a rising star in the Programming Division tasked with odd behavior in the park's artificial beings.
- Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, a brutal and ruthless bandit.
- Ben Barnes as Logan, a louche bachelor and veteran Westworld guest. His hedonistic romp through Westworld is equally motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William.
- Jimmi Simpson as William, a reluctant first time visitor to Westworld, joining his friend, Logan. Initially dismissive of the park’s more lascivious attractions, he slowly uncovers a deeper meaning to the park’s narrative.
- Clifton Collins Jr. as Lawrence, a charming but lethal outlaw, with a knack for maneuvering and negotiating the various criminal elements of Westworld.
- Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, Westworld's narrative director, whose artistic temperament aggravates his co-workers.
- Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather, an artificial being and one of Westworld's most popular attractions.
- Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, a mysterious and savvy provocateur with a unique perspective on Westworld.
- Lena Georgas as Lori.
- Currie Graham as Craig.
- Ptolemy Slocum as Sylvester.
- Louis Herthum as Peter Abernathy.
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. 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 and Bryan Burk are executive producers.
HBO announced on November 17, 2014, that Westworld had been taken to series and would premiere in 2015. In August 2015, HBO released the first teaser teaser which revealed it would premiere in 2016. It is the second series based on Crichton's original story after the 1980s Beyond Westworld, which aired only three episodes on CBS before being cancelled.
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. Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman were all announced as cast members in August 2014. James Marsden and Eddie Rouse were also added to the cast. Ed Harris was cast in a key villain role, known only as the Man in Black. 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. In July 2015, it was announced that Miranda Otto had departed the show due to her commitments to fifth season of Homeland and she was replaced by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Additionally, three others were cast; Eion Bailey, Jimmi Simpson and Clifton Collins Jr. Bailey was later replaced by Ben Barnes.
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