With HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones set to end after two more seasons, the network is certainly hoping they have a solid replacement lined up for the future. Enter Westworld, a new series based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name. The series, which was created by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies), had gone through some delays, but is finally set to debut in October on HBO. Westworld takes place in a futuristic theme park, where guests (for a fee) can interact with life-like androids.
The series appeal is bolstered by its incredible cast. Trailers have highlighted Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, the founder of the futuristic Westworld; Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, an occupant of Westworld and a “host” who begins to realize her life isn’t all that it seems; and Ed Harris as the Man in Black, a visitor to Westworld. James Marsden also joins the cast as Teddy Flood, though very little is known about his character outside of his interactions with Abernathy (Wood) in the trailers.
Leading up to Westworld‘s October premier, EW has released some new images depicting the series’ characters, including one of Hopkin’s Dr. Ford siting in front of a wall of faces (a different wall of faces). You can take a look at the stills below:
Despite being based on a film, Westworld is still shrouded in mystery, and it is not yet clear what all the characters’ intentions are in the futuristic park. Fortunately, the series’ actors have given us small hints regarding what is going through the minds of those in Westworld. Evan Rachel Wood has described playing “host” Dolores as challenging. “Every little beat, every moment and every flicker of your eye means something,” Wood explains. In discussing his character, Hopkins explains that producers initially described Dr. Robert Ford as “a cross between Walt Disney and Frankenstein.” In describing Ford’s motivations, Hopkins says, “He wants to create a pure dystopia or utopia, but he begins to realize that he’s lost track of it.”
The Man in Black (played by Ed Harris) is an updating of the 1973 film’s robotic gunslinger (played by Yul Brynner). Harris’ character in the series will not be an android, but instead human. “He’s got a much more specific intention than just having a good time,” Harris says, discussing the Man in Black’s visits to Westworld. James Marsden, who plays Teddy Flood has refused to give much away, but quips “You’ll constantly be off balance.” He goes on to say, “You’ll think you’ll know what’s happening, and where [the story is] going, but you’ll be wrong.”
Member of the cast not pictured above include Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games trilogy) as Bernard Lowe; Thandie Newton (Crash) as Maeve Millay; as well as Tessa Thompson (Creed), Rodrigo Santoro (300) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen).
Westworld premieres on HBO on October 2nd, 2016 at 9 pm EST.