HBO has at long last announced a concrete premiere date for "Westworld," the sci-fi thriller based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name: Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, it's described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged."
“Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could be completely immersed in a fantasy, one in which you could do whatever you wanted, would you discover things about yourself that you didn’t want to know?” Nolan said in a statement.
The 10-episode drama stars Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant and complicated founder and chief programmer of Westworld; Ed Harris as the Man in Black, characterized as " the distillation of pure villainy into one man"; Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, a provincial and kind rancher's daughter who begins to discover her entire existence is an elaborately constructed lie; James Marsden as Teddy Flood, a new arrival to a small frontier town; Thandie Newton as the razor-sharp madam Maeve Millay; Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, the brilliant and quixotic head of the park's programming division; and Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, a mysterious and savvy provocateur.
The series also features Sidse Babett Knudsen as Theresa Cullen, Westworld's head of quality assurance; Jimmi Simpson as first-time visitor William; Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton, Westworld's perennial "most wanted" bandit; Shannon Woodward as Elsie Hughes, a rising star in the park's behavior department; Ingrid Bolso Berdal as Armistice, a savage fighter and brutal bandit; Ben Barnes as Logan, a veteran guest whose hedonistic romp through the park is motivated both by self-indulgence and a desire to help is friend William; Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, the park's head of narrative whose storylines tantalize guests; Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather, one of Westworld's most popular attractions; Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, the no-nonsense head of security; and Clifton Collins Jr. as Lawrence, a charming but lethal outlaw.