HBO has been taking its time with this one, but now we’re finally getting a deeper look at Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s “Westworld,” based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film and executive produced by J.J. Abrams. What we’ve seen previously hints at something truly surreal, “questioning the nature of our reality.” And the trailer below, which premiered tonight before the latest episode of “Game of Thrones,” does pull back the nature of the dream in place — and how it may not be real.
Any mention of “Westworld” right now will probably include a note that development and production on the series has been delayed, including a production shut-down this January to allow more time for the writing. We’ve been looking forward to “Westworld” for nearly two years now, ever since the casting announcements started coming in: Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Jimmi Simpson, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro and Ed Harris?
Not only that, but the premise remains intriguing — the official description from HBO describes “Westworld” as “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.” Which promises something a whole lot deeper than a story about killer robots run amuck.
Check out the trailer below. “Westworld” is set for a Fall 2016 airdate.