HBO has unveiled a brand new trailer for the highly anticipated drama series Westworld, and this thing continues to look kind of incredible. Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 feature film of the same name, the hourlong series is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.” The show takes place in a massive real-world “theme park” run by Anthony Hopkins, which allows humans to enter the world of the Wild West and interact with its humanoid inhabitants. The idea is that humans can partake in sinful pleasures and even murder these humanoids, because they’re not real, but when they start to gain a consciousness about their true nature and their true purpose, big trouble ensues.
This is the most revealing look we’ve had at the series yet, as it fully pulls back the dynamic between Hopkins’ character and a humanoid played by Evan Rachel Wood, who appears to be the heroine key to what could certainly become a robot uprising. I’m especially enthused about the show delving into strong thematic issues like human nature and the morality (and dangers) of artificial intelligence, and with a killer behind-the-scenes team that includes showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and executive producer J.J. Abrams, hopes for this one are mighty high.
Check out the new Westworld trailer below. The series also stars Ed Harris, 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. Westworld debuts on HBO on October 2nd.
Here’s the official synopsis for Westworld:
The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The cast includes 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. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.