6:03pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
HBO's New 'Westworld' Teaser Features Massive Orgy Scene
HBO used Sunday's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones to drop a new promo for its highly anticipated (and twice-delayed) drama Westworld.
The clip, only the second featuring footage of the series, aired ahead of Thrones' "Battle of the Bastards" hour and provides a closer look at the 10-episode project based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film. The new teaser gives a glimpse of the Western world and also includes a massive orgy scene. The latter part of the teaser aired Sunday on HBO and seems to have been trimmed from the trailer HBO released online.
Written by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy, Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins in his first series-regular role as an inventor who runs an adult amusement park populated by lifelike robots. Here's HBO's new description of the series: "Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged."
The drama hails from J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk's Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions, with the duo exec producing alongside the late Jerry Weintraub, Nolan (who directed the pilot) and Joy. Kathy Lingg will co-executive produce and Athena Wickham is a producer on the series. Susie Ekins is set as a co-producer. Westworld hails from Bad Robot, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films.
Sources told 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. That creative device, one top talent agent said, helped HBO attract a premier cast (which also includes Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright). And unlike the actors on such anthology series as FX's American Horror Story and HBO's own True Detective, which reboot themselves every season, the cast of Westworld is signing multiyear deals.
The series was originally slated to debut in 2015 and was delayed in January for script rewrites and reshoots. HBO at the time pushed it to premiere in the first half of 2016, with the premium cable network more recently confirming that it will debut in the fall. The new teaser notes it is due in October
The first footage for the show bowed last year at San Diego Comic-Con during a panel for Nolan's CBS drama Person of Interest after which HBO released first-look images.
An extended trailer wowed the press at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour last year.
"[With] the film … you were very invested in one particular group of humans that were enjoying the park and their experience with the robots. This is not that. This is very much told from the POV of the robots," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told reporters at TCA. "The corporate world’s as dimensionalized as the park. And I think the visitors to the park are really not the primary focus of our show at all. So again, without giving more than that away, I think all I can say is only one character that you saw in the clip is a visitor to the park. And yeah, it resembles the film in name and in spirit but really is, I think, otherwise not much of a reference point."
Watch the new promo, below.