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Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood Join HBO's WESTWORLD Adaptation

July 22
8:33 2014
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood Join HBO's WESTWORLD Adaptation

TVGuide reports that Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood have saddled up for J.J. Abrams' WESTWORLD on HBO.

In Michael Crichton's original 1973 movie, WESTWORLD was "set in the near future at a high-tech, highly realistic amusement part called Delos that features androids that are nearly identical to human beings."

For the HBO reboot, Hopkins will play 'Dr. Robert Ford', a "brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director and chief programmer of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park -- and unorthodox methods of achieving it." Wood will portray 'Dolores Abernathy', a farm girl "who will discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie".

WESTWORLD was previously adapted into the 1980 drama series BEYOND WESTWORLD, which also incorporated elements from the film's sequel FUTUREWORLD.

The project comes from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, Warner Bros. TV and LOST's Bryan Burk, with PERSON OF INTEREST's Jonathan Nolan set to direct and co-write the pilot with Lisa Joy. Jerry Weintraub, who has been gunning for the series for years, will also produce.

Hopkins' upcoming big screen projects include Solace, Autobahn and Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. He recently appeared in Noah and Thor: The Dark World. Hopkins is perhaps best known for his portrayal of 'Hannibal Lecter' in The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon and Hannibal. He also starred in Broadway's Equus in 1974.

Wood will next be seen in Facing the Wind and Into the Forest. Her recent films include Barefoot, A Case of You, Charlie Countryman, The Ides of March, The Wrestler, Across the Universe and more. She also appeared for a stint in HBO's True Blood.

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