ANDROIDS PUT WILD INTO WEST

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - / MICHELE MANELIS

Westworld is a he­do­nist’s dream come true.

Be­hind the fa­cade of the Wild Wild West lies a fu­tur­is­tic R-rated theme park in which hu­man guests play out their fan­tasies and in­ter­act with sen­tient ro­bots who func­tion as the park’s hosts.

The se­ries, based on the 1973 Michael Crich­ton film, paints a bleak fu­ture for hu­man­ity.

“The show presents hu­man­ity as it is,” says Thandie New­ton (above), who plays Maeve Millay, a no-non­sense madam in the town brothel. “It shines a fo­cus on the de­praved things that peo­ple are ad­dicted to and what peo­ple will do if they can get away with it.”

With tech­nol­ogy forg­ing ahead, like in the show, we may see ro­bots re­plac­ing hu­mans in the work­force be­fore we know it, but New­ton isn’t a fan.

“I would not be com­fort­able pur­chas­ing an an­droid as a house­keeper,” says New­ton. “No way. We need to keep hu­man be­ings em­ployed.”

Westworld was cre­ated by showrun­ners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan and is ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by J.J. Abrams for HBO.

Along with New­ton, the im­pres­sive cast in­cludes Evan Rachel Wood, James Mars­den, Ed Har­ris, Sir An­thony Hop­kins and Jef­frey Wright.

WESTWORLD, SHOW­CASE, MON­DAY, 12PM AND 8.30PM

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