It seems we have been talking about this reboot of the 1973 sci-fi western that originally starred the iconic Yul Brynner for years. Now it appears HBO is finally getting all its ducks in a row, revamped the script, got all the main leads and replacement actors now in tow.
This new take on an old classic stars Oscar nominated and winning actors Ed Harris (as the Man In Black) and Anthony Hopkins. HBO was able to round up for the series support names like Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood to name just a few of the high-profile thespians. Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) has been added to the cast as a replacement for Eion Bailey. Bailey was originally set to star as one of the central characters named Logan but he has bowed out for other acting pastures. Also joining the fray is actress Sidse Babbett Knudsen who has replaced Miranda Otto who will only be seen in the pilot episode. Otto has opted for what may be higher exposure for the actress in the upcoming 5th season of Showtime’s award winning “Homeland.”
The series remains on HBO’s schedule for 2016 and comes by way of JJ. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Warner Bros. and Weintraub Productions. Writing credits go to Michael Crichton, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Nolan will also direct several episodes, including the pilot.
“Westworld” takes place at a futuristic theme/amusement park in which all the non-guest participants are incredibly human-like robots which eventually turn on the guests causing chaos, danger and death. The original film spawned several spin-off feature movies and a network television show in the early 1980's.