Saddle up for the darkest frontier...
SEASON 1 US BROADCAST HBO from 9 October UK BROADCAST Sky Atlantic from October
NEW SHOW! As Stephen Hawking issues a threat alert for the rise of artificial intelligence, HBO’s adaptation of the classic 1973 movie arrives on screen with a contemporary bite.
the premise is intact: in the near future a frontier-themed amusement park lets its guests indulge their every violent, lustful fantasy, a population of robots servicing their desires. naturally it all short-circuits…
Showrun by Pushing Daisies writer Lisa Joy and Interstellar’s Jonathan nolan – brother of Christopher – Westworld’s cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Sir Anthony Hopkins and James Marsden. ed Harris inherits Yul Brynner’s role as the lethal android gunslinger, the role that defined the marketing of the original movie, while evan rachel Wood is the park’s host, Dolores.
“We made a very conscious choice to start the series through the point of view of Dolores,” explains Joy, “so that we could fully be with her in believing the reality and the familial connections she had. And after establishing that empathy, we start to broaden the world.” exposing the dark underbelly of the Fantasy
Island dream, it’s a show set to engage with some troubling issues.
“Violence and sexual violence have sadly been a fact of human history since the beginning of human history,” says Joy. “We really endeavoured for it not to be about the fetishisation of those acts. it is about exploring the crime and establishing the crime, and the torment of the characters within this story. And exploring their stories, hopefully with dignity and depth.”
He really should be bald as a coot beneath that hat.