After a year of setbacks and production problems, HBO’s new, ambitious science fiction series Westworld is set to premiere in a little over a month. Based on the 1973 film written and directed by acclaimed novelist Michael Crichton, the upcoming drama from Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy Nolan (Burn Notice) tells the story of a futuristic theme park where the robots begin to malfunction and question their own existence, often at odds with the park’s human visitors. The show will reportedly not shy away from asking the big questions about reality and life, nor will it avoid violence when it’s needed to make a point, thereby setting up a brutal world where viewers can examine the true nature of humanity.
Westworld also boasts an all-star cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright. From previously released stills, we’ve gotten glimpses of Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford (the chief programmer and founder of Westworld), Wood as Dolores Abernathy (a rancher’s daughter who begins to realize her world is an elaborately constructed lie), Harris as The Man in Black, Wright as Bernard Lowe (the head of Westworld’s programming division), Newton as Maeve Millay (who also begins to realize her reality is not what it seems), and James Marsden as Teddy Flood (a fellow who’s new to a small frontier town in Westworld).
Now, some newly released stills from HBO introduce a whole new set of characters that further expand the universe of Westworld. On the surface it might seem like a quaint little frontier town, but underneath lies a dark secret that not everything is as it seems. At the helm is Sidse Babett Knudsen as Theresa Cullen (Westworld’s terse operations leader, responsible for keeping the park from sliding into unscripted chaos), Shannon Woodward as Elsie Hughes (a rising star in the Programming Division tasked with identifying odd behavior in the park’s artificial beings) and Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore (Westworld’s narrative director, whose artistic temperament aggravates his co-workers).
Check out the newest images from Westworld below:
Those behind Westworld are all that stand between the perils of the park and visitors Logan (Ben Barnes) and William (Jimmi Simpson). These two guests are about to get more than they bargained for when they uncover a deeper meaning to the park. Of course, Westworld wouldn’t be complete without its primary inhabitants like Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton (a wanted man bent on survival), Newton as Maeve Millay (the beautiful and sharp madame of Westworld) and Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather (one of Westworld’s most popular attractions). It’s a place where androids allows guests to act out their fantasies, no matter how noble or depraved, and these artificial beings will be at the center of every mystery and trespass.
Each actor will either be playing an artificial being or a human, yet it may be difficult to tell where one line ends and the other begins. What makes each of us human and when does life begin have been long-standing philosophical questions of which there are still no real answers. As the citizens of Westworld develop and show that they have thoughts and feelings of their own, it may be hard to not sympathize with their plight and quest for individuality.
Westworld premieres on HBO on October 2nd, 2016 at 9 pm EST.