HBO has released the trailer of its highly anticipated science fiction epic Westworld. JJ Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises) and Lisa Joy are executive producers of the 10-episode drama that will premiere in autumn this year.
Based on Michael Crichton's 1973 cult movie of the same name, the drama is a dark tale of the "dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin". The plot of the series revolves around a futuristic Western theme park, which allows people to indulge in real life adventure and that has been created by a brilliant creative director.
The trailer starts with Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) answering a question about her reality while she appears to be in a hypnotised state. "I am in a dream," she says. "That's right Dolores, you are in a dream. Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?" a background voice questions her again.
According to the promo, those who want to enter the dystopian Western world needs "no orientation, no guidebook." It is a world where sins can be committed with abandon.
In the movie, Dr Robert Ford creates a highly realistic adult amusement park, where guests will play a character they choose inside a world inhabited by androids (meticulously designed to look and act like human beings). But things go wrong when an infection starts to spread in Westworld.
Speculation is high that the plot of the TV series will be based on the same foundation. In an interview last year, Nolan said that there is no limitation inside the weird world. "It's a place where you can be whoever you want to be and there are no consequences – no rules, no limitations," he told Screen Rant and added that the series is one of "the most ambitious, subversive, f****d-up television series".
Like its creators and executive producers, the show has several big names attached to the cast including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr, Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan.
The series will premiere in October on HBO.