The Westworld teaser excites with eerie imagery and moody atmosphere.
HBO finally dropped the Westworld teaser trailer we’ve all been waiting for just before last night’s Game of Thrones. After months of speculation about the troubled production, this official glimpse gives us a good idea of what to expect. Naturally, the trailer offers intriguing visuals vaguely reminiscent of 2015’s Ex Machina. Similar storylines don’t hurt as Westworld apparently deals with sentient robots as well.
The Westworld teaser also offers a look at the performances from stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Thandie Newton. James Marsden, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, and Ed Harris also star, among others, but they are only either glimpsed or not seen at all in the teaser.
Sidelined during production for rewrites on the final episodes of the first season, Westworld hails from the 1973 film written by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. The general story deals with an Western-themed amusement park populated by robots that malfunction and kill park-goers. Kind of like that “Itchy and Scratchy Land” episode of The Simpsons which is, itself, a parody of Jurassic Park. Who says there are no more new ideas?
However, based on this new Westworld teaser, the HBO series may have more on its mind than simply killing visitors. Granted, I haven’t seen the original film, but the trailer features similar theming to Ex Machina. Sir Anthony Hopkins asks a robot, “What are your drives?” The robot replies, “To meet my maker.” He then breaks out into a sadistic laugh.
Check out this “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin” when Westworld drops this October.