Westworld TV series trailer goes beyond AI

The first trailer for HBO’s Westworld series is quietly sinister

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After what has felt like an age (and various delays), it looks like HBO’s much-anticipated TV series adaptation of Westworld is drawing closer. And now, finally we have the first trailer footage.

Taking its cues from Michael Crichton’s much-parodied 1973 cult sci-fi hit, Westworld‘s central premise is of a futuristic theme park of sorts populated by robotic hosts, with the eponymous area allowing its guests to live like they could in the Old West. In the original movie things went wrong, and judging by the below trailer, it doesn’t look like things will fare too much better.

Thus far, we like what we’ve seen. While the original movie was great, this seems to move beyond it, interrogating even further the themes of artificial intelligence and free will. Time will tell of course, but hopefully this will be HBO’s next Game Of Thrones-sized hit.

For more information, here’s the official synopsis:

The one-hour drama series Westworld (ten episodes) 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 cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

Westworld will air on HBO in the US later this year, with a UK air date on Sky Atlantic to follow. For more news about the latest TV series, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.