Reality, schmeality: we’ll have what they’re having in Westworld—HBO’s hour-long loosely based adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name—even if that thing is total destruction. Jonathan Nolan’s televised reworking of the story as a series looks to be even more of a sci-fi and western-y thriller than its predecessor (at least according to the HBO Television Critics Association panel we were at, where we saw a heck of a lot more footage than this. Sorry/na na na boo boo), but it most certainly does not differ in the terrific unsettling tone at the heart of the story. Even if it’s—spoiler alert—told from the point of view of the robots involved.
Which is to say: we’re sort of losing our gourds over this one.
And with a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman, and Angela Sarafyan? Sign us up because we are ALL ABOARD the S.S. Westworld when it premieres in 2016. Yeehaw, y’all.
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Alicia Lutes is the Associate Editor of The Nerdist and is 100% terrified of our eventual A.I.-overlords. Commiserate with her on Twitter @alicialutes.