Anthony Hopkins takes lead in HBO show

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins has signed up for his first major TV role in HBO's new sci-fi drama 'Westworld', a remake of the classic 1973 movie of the same name.

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are to star in new HBO sci-fi drama 'Westworld'.

The Hollywood legend and 'True Blood' actress have been cast in the ambitious TV show which is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The TV adaptation also has top pedigree behind the scenes as it will be produced by J.J. Abrams through his Bad Robot production company and 'The Dark Knight' co-writer Jonathan Nolan.

'Westworld', like its film inspiration, will centre on a futuristic amusement park filled with androids and is billed as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin".

Anthony - who won an Oscar for his role as Hannibal Lecter in 'The Silence of the Lambs' - will play Dr. Robert Ford, the visionary scientist behind Westworld who harbours a dark, unorthodox vision for the park.

Evan, meanwhile, will play Dolores Abernathy, a quintessential American farm girl who discovers her life has been a lie.

The show marks Anthony's first major TV role after building a lauded career in films such as 'Amistad', 'Nixon' and most recently, 'Noah'.

The original 'Westworld' movie starred Yul Brynner, James Brolin and Richard Benjamin.


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