Based on the Michael Crichton-directed film by the same name, HBO’s upcoming remake of Westworld – about androids running amok in a Wild West-themed tourist attraction – is one of my most anticipated entertainment events of the year. The original film is a bona fide classic in the sci-fi genre, and with the cable giant’s long history of creating stellar original programming – not to mention the ridiculously talented cast they’ve assembled – Westworld is garnering plenty of hype leading up to its October premiere.
Yesterday, HBO released a huge collection of new images from the series, giving us some of our best glimpses yet at key cast members and the show’s gorgeous production design. Check out the new Westworld images below.
And just in case you’ve never seen the original film, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the upcoming series, here’s the official synopsis from HBO:
The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton.
Everything I’ve seen from Westworld up to this point has looked absolutely spectacular, and based on these images it looks like HBO is pouring plenty of resources into the production to be certain it lives up to the legacy of its feature film predecessor. It’s unknown whether the series has been conceived as a standalone narrative that would consist of a single season, or if the network is hoping for a longer run – but regardless, you can bet I’ll be tuning in when Westworld premieres on October 2.
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