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Anthony Hopkins has been announced as the star of the upcoming HBO pilot Westworld. Joining Hopkins in the highly anticipated pilot will be Evan Rachel Wood, who previously starred in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and guest starred on the network’s True Blood.
The series, an adaption of the successful 1973 sci-fi film of the same name (which starred Yul Brenner and James Brolin, and was written by Michael Crichton), will be produced by J.J. The television series will be “inspired by” the original film, in which people arrived at a futuristic theme park, staffed by artificially intelligent robots, to carry out their wild west fantasies.
Abrams. Hopkins will star as Dr. Robert Ford, a “brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board” who uses “unorthodox” means to achieve his goals, while Wood will portray Dolores Abernathy, the “quintessential farm girl of the frontier West” who comes to realize the truth about her existence within the theme park.
While the series is still in its pilot stage and not yet picked up to series by HBO, with the caliber of casting and production surrounding it, it’s hard to imagine that HBO viewers won’t be taking a trip to Westworld in the future.