Hollywood is slowly turning to television to fill the creative void in movies, and the stars are following. Evan Rachel Wood is best known for her independent film work, but she and Sir Anthony Hopkins will be co-starring on HBO's new show, Westworld. The show comes from Jonathan Nolan and his wife, Lisa Joy Nolan, so clearly there's a high pedigree involved there. Plus, HBO has become the go-to place for A-list movie actors to stretch their acting muscles without 'reducing' themselves to television.
JJ Abrams is also producing the pilot, so it's got some of the buzziest names in Hollywood involved. It's also got a high-concept science fiction premise, which HBO has found great success with in Game of Thrones and True Blood. They are no doubt looking to repeat those successes here, but with robots instead of dragons or vampires.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Hopkins is set to play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld." Wood, on the other hand, will play, "Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie."
HBO is also turning to more original programming to fill the slots left by The Newsroom, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire, all of which are drawing to a close. Right now, Westworld - which hasn't yet been picked up - could be joining the other original programming on the network, which is leading the way into innovative programming and content.