J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Western 'Westworld' — Everything We Know About the HBO Offering

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23: Director J.J. Abrams at the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' photo call on April 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)
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You gotta give it to 'em, HBO knows its business when it comes to buzzy shows. One such show, Westworld, doesn't even come out until 2015, but it's already got us plenty curious. Everything from the genre (sci-fi western), to the creator (J.J. Abrams), to the cast (we'll get to that) have our eyes and ears perked for more info. So here's what we know so far. 

It's an adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name

From the '73 Westworld IMDb:

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

And from a fact sheet from HBO: 

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

It's been ordered to series for 2015

How soon in 2015 is up yet to be announced, but if they hurry maybe we've got a shot at it airing alongside Game Of Thrones

It's set to star a pretty great cast

According to a fact sheet from HBO the series will star Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.

They announced the series through some pretty weird vines

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Typical Abrams. 

HBO really is having a lot of fun teasing it

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Again: J.J. Abrams is all up in this. 

The concept allows for a lot of performance potential

From The Hollywood Reporter

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the show's androids — played by castmembers including James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton — can be killed off and return with completely different personas, allowing actors to play many characters.

This is gonna get Interesting

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