James Marsden to star in JJ Abrams’ HBO show ‘Westworld’

'X-Men' star joins Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in remake of 1973 sci-fi movie

James Marsden will join Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in the JJ Abrams produced small screen remagining of 1973 cult sci-fi film Westworld.

Currently shooting Star Wars Episode VII Abrams’ Bad Robot production company will adapt writer/director Michael Crichton’s (Jurassic Park) story. Westworld imagined a near future where holiday makers could visit a themed world and interact with artificially intelligent cowboys in bar room brawls and shoot outs while satisfying their sexual desires with seductive robots.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals Marsden will play Teddy Flood a “mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town” who “quickly proves both his charm – and his talent with a revolver”.

In addition to Marsden, HBO have already cast Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games) who will play the parks’ head of programming and Rodrigo Santoro (300) as one of Westworld’s most wanted bandits.

Remembered for its groundbreaking special effects, Yul Brynner played a lethal mechanised gunslinger who turns on the guests when a robot malfunction spreads like a virus through the resort leaving the holiday makers as their prey.

Pitched as a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin” Westworld will feature Hopkins as the theme park’s “complicated creative director” and Wood as the android farm girl who discovers “her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie”.

Watch the trailer for the 1973 film below:

A sequel to the original film, Futureworld was released in 1976 and starred Peter Fonda. This was followed by the short-lived TV series Beyond Westworld which ran in 1980.