Our friends at Film Divider have done some digging on a new HBO project that’s flown a bit under the radar, and uncovered plot and cast details aplenty. The series is called “Westworld,” which JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot have been developing for HBO, and now the casting process is underway, with Evan Rachel Wood being one of the actors offered lead roles in the remake of the 1973 futuristic Western.
“Westworld” was a science fiction western-thriller film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton in 1973, set at an Old West themed amusement park that’s populated by robot workers and human guests. While the original film focused on human guests arriving at the park, not realizing what they’re getting themselves into, the show will focus on the robots who work there, who have no idea that they are robots. A pair of robots are the show’s leads, and while Wood has been offered the female lead, James Marsden is who Film Divider report has the offer for the male lead role. Additionally, Anthony Hopkins has been offered the role of Dr. Ford, the mad scientist-esque creator of the park.
This is all early days yet and there’s no indication if any of the actors will accept their offered roles, though Wood certainly has a history with HBO, having been nominated for an Emmy for her work on the network’s “Mildred Pierce” miniseries opposite Kate Winslet and even more recently, she did a recurring stint on their “True Blood” as the Queen of vampires. Wood was last seen opposite Ryan Gosling in George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” and opposite Justin Long in indie rom com “A Cast of You.”
Jonathan Nolan wrote and is directing the pilot episode.