HBO orders ‘Westworld’ series starring Anthony Hopkins

All-star series based on Michael Crichton's cult 1973 sci-fi film will air on HBO next year

HBO has officially ordered a TV series based on Michael Crichton’s cult 1973 sci-fi western film Westworld.

The series will star Anthony Hopkins as the owner of a futuristic amusement park populated with human-like robots played by actors including Thandie Newton, James Marsden and Even Rachel Wood. Westworld‘s all-star cast will also include Ed Harris, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright.

The series is being written by Jonathan Nolan – brother and frequent collaborator of Interstellar director Christopher Nolan – and his wife, Lisa Joy. Jonathan Nolan has also directed the pilot episode, while Star Wars‘ JJ Abrams will serve as one of the series’ executive producers.

Westworld is set to air in 2015 and is being billed by HBO as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” HBO teased the series yesterday (November 17) with a cryptic Vine – check it out below.