Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast of HBO’s TV reboot of Westworld. If the pilot goes to series, it would be Hopkins’ first regular TV show ever. He will be joined by Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood).
The 1973 version was based on the script from Michael Crichton, who also directed. It was about a futuristic theme park with robot characters who malfunction and begin to attack the guests. Crichton’s Jurassic Park is very similar to this story, only with dinosaurs instead of robots. Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, “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.”
The robots in Westworld are similar to the robots in Blade Runner or the Cylons in the Battlestar Galatica reboot, androids that look convincingly human. The effect is so good that sometimes even the robots are confused.
The executive producers include J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk, and producer-director Jonathan Nolan.