The new Westworld trailer sets up a sophisticated story of robot slavery and rebellion

The HBO sci-fi Western series looks like it has taken the premise of the original film and really run with it...

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Ah, so now we have a much clearer picture of what to expect from the Westworld TV series. The original 1973 movie starring Yul Brynner was a relatively straightforward techno-fear thriller about robots going rogue in a Wild West theme park. The androids themselves became malevolent but beyond that they didn’t have much personality.

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But a new feature-length trailer for the HBO show suggests we are going to see far more from the robots’ side of things, in what looks increasingly like a sophisticated story of slavery and rebellion than of simply malfunctioning machines…

Certainly, Evan Rachel Wood’s character Dolores appears convinced she is a real person – “sometimes I feel like the world out there is calling me” – until she’s told by Anthony Hopkins’s sinister Dr Robert Ford, the man behind the theme park, “You’re in my dream”. 

But for how long? Cut to a shot of Dolores as a badass gunslinger…

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…and then, finally, an appearance from Ed Harris as a reimagining of Brynner’s Man in Black, asking “What if I told you I’m here to set you free?”

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Yep, this series looks like it’s going to take the original Westworld concept and really run with it…

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Westworld also stars Thandie Newton and James Marsden. It comes to Sky Atlantic in early October and will, we’re told, be shown “close to” the US air date.