Westworld's Trailer Has Us Cautiously Optimistic

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld | Photo Credits: HBO

HBO unveiled the trailer for Westworld Sunday night, treating Game of Thrones viewers to the most promising glimpse yet of the forthcoming big-budget sci-fi series.

Westworld is based on the 1973 movie of the same name, about an adult amusement park where visitors can act out their sinful fantasies on androids. Evan Rachel Wood stars as a 'girl' who realizes her life in Westworld is just a Blade Runner-like artificial construction. The cast also includes heavy hitters like Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton. It looks great, with well-lit scenes in gleaming sci-fi interiors and dusty Western exteriors. It's also co-created by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest, Interstellar), who knows how to do clever sci-fi.

But Westworld has had a troubled path to the screen. The pilot was shot almost two years ago, and the show has gone through significant delays (it was originally scheduled to premiere last year) and cast shuffles (Miranda Otto dropped out due to schedule conflicts with Homeland). Usually, significant delays do not inspire confidence in a show's quality, but Westworld, judging from this trailer, looks like it could be an exception.

We'll find out when Westworld premieres in October on HBO. Check out the trailer above.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jun 21, 2016
I have no fucking clue what I just saw but I LIKE IT
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Jun 21, 2016
Looking forward to WESTWORLD.
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Jun 21, 2016
And it hasn't been that long since I became a Western addict.
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Jun 20, 2016
Not sure if the show is trying to be all things, or just the trailer is. There's the original's "sinful fantasies" of killing and sexing, but what's this robots becoming conscious thing? And philosophies? And... something almost sinister?

I survived True Detective season 2 and Vinyl season 1, so I expect that I'll survive a whole season of this.
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Jun 20, 2016
The big problem I see is that when someone, or some robot, is supposedly "dead" they won't be for long. So they can always bring back someone as a robot. And someone like the Gunfighter who was suppose to be hard to kill in the movie can be brought back again and again. So death has no significance nor satisfaction.

The clip with Hopkins talking to what I assume is the Gunfighter looks like something ripped from Blade Runner. In fact it looks like the whole thing borrowed it's premise from Blade Runner. It also gives me the impression that Hopkin's character won't be around for long, especially since they probably have to pay Hopkins a substantial salary.
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Jun 20, 2016
Well, this is not at all like the original. It's basically ripping off the title and using it for something different to suck viewers in and make them think it's a real remake.
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Jun 20, 2016
Well, it's pretty to look at, for sure. And that cast!

...but where are Michael Emerson and Amy Acker? ;)
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Jun 20, 2016
This Trailer looks fantastic. I want Episode 1 right now!
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Jun 20, 2016
Yeh, the trailer the other night did look solid.

I was going to "give it a shot" anyway, but I wasn't too enthusiastic since I saw it as yet another re-boot of an old property because apparently Hollywood has run out of ideas. (SOOOO much of that lately)

But then I forgot this is HBO, and the premium cable shows tend to do a solid job with their TV series. And the trailer reinforced my optimism -- so I'm looking forward to it.
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