HBO’s Westworld has had a couple hangups on its way to your television sets, but based on this surprise trailer for the show, it looks like that wait may have been worth it:
There’s a lot to unpack there! It seems obvious that an HBO show like this would go beyond the simple “robotic attractions run amok in a theme park” setup of the original (a film I’ve never been totally in love with anyway), but the stuff going on here runs deep, from the obvious danger to humans at the park to philosophical musings from the robots themselves.
And that cast! Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Tessa Thompson is a line up you don’t want to mess with, the kind you normally only see in big movies. Good or bad, this is going to be special. Even It's Always Sunny's Jimmi Simpson is in it! (I hope he gets offed early.)
Westworld will be appointment television; it seems almost certain now that this clip is out. Whatever retooling they did by pushing the release date seems to have been worth it. As you can see in the trailer, we’re getting this as early as October, so get excited.