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J.J. Abrams’ HBO ‘Westworld’ TV Series Lands Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood

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It’s been a good long while since we’ve heard anything concrete (or metal?) from Bad Robot’s proposed HBO adaptation of 1973 sci-fi classic ‘Westworld,’ but with ‘True Detective‘ raising the network’s bar for casting, the J.J. Abrams-produced drama has assembled some major A-list talent. Joining the ‘Westworld’ pilot are none other than Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, with ‘X-Men‘ star James Marsden in talks for a role as well.

For those unfamiliar with the original Yul Brynner-James Brolin film, ‘Westworld’ told the story of a future resort wherein guests pay to live out time period fantasies brought to life by sophisticated human-like androids, before the robots began running amuck and killing the resort’s crew. The film spawned the sequel ‘Futureworld,’ and eventually the short-lived ’80s TV series ‘Beyond Westworld.’

Bad Robot’s ‘Westworld’ had previously received a pilot production commitment to tell its own vision of “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” ‘Person of Interest‘ creator and ‘The Dark Knight’ co-writer Jonathan Nolan wrote the script with ‘Burn Notice‘ scribe Lisa Joy, Nolan directing the pilot. Nolan and Joy will executive produce with Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.

According to Deadline, Hopkins will make his TV debut as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the “Westworld” board who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park, and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood will take the role of provincial, beautiful and kind Dolores Abernathy, the “quintessential farm girl of the frontier West” who will discover that her entire existence is an elaborately constructed fiction. Marsden remains in talks for a leading role, but has not been secured.

‘Westworld’ also marks Bad Robot’s first major cable sale, and one of HBO’s largest pilot commitments in years. Watch the original trailer below, and tell us if you’d want to see ‘Westworld’ with Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, as resurrected by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan!

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