Despite seeming dormant for the better part of a year, HBO's forthcoming J.J. Abrams-produced 'Westworld' adaptation continues to fire up some major star power for its pilot. Not only has 'X-Men' star James Marsden been confirmed for a role, but Ed Harris has landed his first regular TV gig as the major big bad of HBO's 'Westworld.'
HBO's Bad Robot-helmed 'Westworld' remake series seemed all but shelved until casting finally moved forward with Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, and now the Abrams-Nolan collaboration has made some major additions to its fictional fantasy. In addition to 'The Hunger Games' and 'Boardwalk Empire' star Jeffrey Wright, HBO's 'Westworld' has added 'Raising Hope' lead Shannon Woodward, a '300' star and more!
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.
It can be hard these days for pilots to stand out among the crowd without some kind of established brand in place, but in the case of 'Gravity' Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron and Bad Robot's new NBC series drama 'Believe,' that won't be an issue. Watch the incredible first two minutes of the new sci-fi drama, 'Believe,' right here!
J.J. Abrams is infamous for his "mystery box" method of promoting his and his production company's projects, deliberately obscuring details (like the nature of 'Super 8') and sometimes outright lying (Khan in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'). He's taken it all to a new level with 'Stranger,' a Bad Robot production that is so tightly under wraps that we didn't hear about it until this teaser arrived ... and we don't even know if it's a movie, a TV show or something else entirely.
As with the most recent development seasons, 'Star Trek Into Darkness' director J.J. Abrams has his hands in a number of TV pots -- from the 'Fringe'-like 'Almost Human' to NBC's sci-fi drama 'Believe' -- but the latest project could prove the most high-profile to date. Abrams will develop 'Twilight Zone' creator Rod Serling's last script as an event miniseries, but what will the buzzworthy project entail?
You've got to hand it to 'Fringe.' Even relegated to the so-called "Friday Night Death Slot," facing stunted ratings and given FOX's propensity to cancel anything that moves these days, the J.J. Abrams sci-fi series sure knows how to hang in there and engage viewers with marketing mysteries. So what's the latest hook?