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J.J. Abrams’ HBO ‘Westworld’ TV Series Casts Ed Harris, James Marsden

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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.'

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J.J. Abrams’ HBO ‘Westworld’ TV Series Adds Jeffrey Wright, ‘Raising Hope’ Star and More

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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!

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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.

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To Be Continued: 18 Movie Franchises Finding New Life on TV

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Recently it seems as if TV reboots of famous and iconic films has reached a fever pitch, with ‘American Psycho’ and even ‘Man on Fire’ targeted for TV treatment on the bankability of their franchise names a

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You Can See That Again: How TV Shows Become the Hot New Way to Reboot Movie Franchises

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We’ve all heard the casual moans of fan communities that Hollywood never comes up with anything original anymore, settling into the familiar patterns of sequels, remakes, and adaptations of familiar properties to cash in on brand recognition. And while remakes have become subtly accepted as a chance for a new take on dormant properties, the recent ‘RoboCoptrailer reminded us just how much passions can strain in the dissection of beloved classics.

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HBO Developing ‘Westworld’ TV Series From J.J. Abrams & Jonathan Nolan

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Just when you thought 'Game of Thrones' might be the most epic HBO series ever produced, the pay cable network has signed a deal to adapt Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi tale 'Westworld,' partnering with J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, Jonathan Nolan and Jerry Weintraub. The original Yul Brynner-James Brolin film inspired its own TV series and movie sequel, so which will HBO's new version follow?

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