My “dense, genre TV smash” sense is tingling and it’s telling me that Westworld is going to be awesome. For those as excited as me, we have the official synopsis for the first episode, as well as three sneak peeks via IGN to check out and nine promo pictures you can scroll through, all below!
The sneak peeks give fresh looks at the park’s creator-with-a-God-complex Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and his head virtual reality “writer” Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), robot host Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and evil park visitor the Man in Black (Ed Harris), and finally gunslinger Teddy Flood (James Marsden) and a couple of madams played by Thandie Newton and Angela Sarafyan.
Created For Television By Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy; From Executive Producer, Writer, Director Jonathan Nolan; Executive Producer, Writer, Lisa Joy; Executive Producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk; Based On The Film Written By Michael Crichton
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth And Clifton Collins, Jr. Star
The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, OCT. 2 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) & Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan directing, the series is based on the 1973 film “Westworld,” written by Michael Crichton.
Episode #1: “The Original”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 2 (9:00–10:15 p.m. ET/PT)
As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld – a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android “hosts” – top programmer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher’s daughter named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) encounters a gunslinger named Teddy (James Marsden) in the street – but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black (Ed Harris) and, later, by a supporting host’s unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world.
Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy; story by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy and Michael Crichton; directed by Jonathan Nolan.
Check back after the episode for our full review from yours truly. Scroll through the gallery for nine photos from the episode.