9:12am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Westworld': See the Creepy Robot Key Art
HBO has released the key art for its futuristic amusement park drama Westworld.
The poster offers a raw first look at one of the park's humanlike androids, only it's missing…something.
The ambitious project stars Anthony Hopkins as the head of an ultra-realistic amusement park where visitors come to live out their most outrageous desires. It is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name. Westworld, which HBO announced will premiere Oct. 2, was originally eyed to debut in 2015 and has been the subject of swirling rumors about a messy process that included multiple production delays.
HBO has a lot riding on Westworld. With the end in sight of HBO's current ratings champion Game of Thrones, the premium cabler has high hopes that the pricey Westworld will help fill the critical viewership void when the George R.R. Martin adaptation signs off after season eight.
The series has already been criticized for its use of rape and violence against women.
Produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the drama also stars Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins Jr.
Check out the poster, below, and hit the comments with your thoughts.