HBO has officially green lit Westworld, a futuristic drama starring Anthony Hopkins, for 2015. The premium cable network made the announcement Monday via a creepy Vine posted to its Twitter account:
— HBO (@HBO) November 17, 2014
The show, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, will center on an adult amusement park that is filled with lifelike robots. Stars are flocking to the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter, because of the juicy acting opportunity to play many different characters in a single season, as the plot involves robots that are killed off and return with completely different personalities.
So far James Marsden (X-Men), Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale) will join Anthony Hopkins in the show. Unlike HBO’s all-star True Detective, which tells a new story with new actors every season, actors on Westworld will sign multi-season contracts. This will be Hopkins’ first series regular role ever.
Penned by married writing duo, Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), Westworld will be produced by Nolan and J.J. Abrams. The series comes as HBO wraps three of its dramas this year: Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and The Newsroom.