Nearly one year after HBO issued a pilot order for Bad Robot's Westworld, the project has added its first two cast members with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood coming on board. James Marsden is also in talks for a lead role, but he has not signed on yet.
The project is based on the 1973 film Westworld, which starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin, centering on a futuristic amusement park that allows rich vacationers to live out their wildest fantasies through robots that will provide them anything they want.
Anthony Hopkins is playing Dr. Robert Ford, the eccentric chairman who has an "uncompromising vision" for the park and bizarre ways of achieving that vision. Evan Rachel Wood is portraying Dolores Abernathy, a provincial farm girl from the frontier West, who learns that her entire existence is a lie. No details were given for the character that James Marsden may be playing.
Person of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan is co-writing the pilot script with his wife, Burn Notice writer Lisa Joy. The writers will serve as executive producers on the pilot alongside J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Kathy Lingg for Bad Robot, and Jerry Weintraub.
Anthony Hopkins most recently starred on the big screen in Noah, while Evan Rachel Wood is coming off performances in Charlie Countryman and Barefoot.