The Hollywood Reporter
We told you about HBO’s pilot commitment for a series adaptation of Westworld, a 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, back in August of 2013, but now that “True Blood” is getting set to hit the bricks, things are really picking up steam.
THR reports that Anthony Hopkins (pictured) and Evan Rachel Wood are heading West for HBO and J.J. Abrams. The pair has been tapped to star in the premium cable network’s Abrams-produced “Westworld” adaptation, which has been formally picked up to pilot.
The show is being billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. “Person of Interest’s” Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer, with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer. “Westworld” hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films.
Hopkins is set to play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn, and complicated creative director, chief programmer, and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park â€” and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood will portray Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West â€” who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.
The project marks Wood’s return to HBO after her Emmy-nominated supporting role in miniseries “Mildred Pierce” and recurring role on vampire drama “True Blood.”
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