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FIRST LOOK: Ed Harris IS the Gunslinger in Westworld TV series

January 24th, 2015 by Marc Comments

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Well, this is a feast for the eyes… how perfect looking is Ed Harris in the Gunslinger – Man In Black – role in the new Westworld TV series? 

This is the first image of  Harris in the role of the unstoppable killing machine from the future – no, not that one. And, some of you will know what I mean when I say  I look at that pic and thing “why was Harris never in the running for Roland of Gilead?”.

Based on Micheal Crichton’s book and an update of the classic 1973 Yul Brynner movie, Westworld is set to hit screens on HBO later this year.

Writers and executive producers Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan have been getting chatty about the series: “The glory of doing it as a series is that you get to kind of dance in the little spaces that were left unexplored,” says Joy.

“In a film, you only have a finite amount of time, and you’re so concerned with saying what happened and making it a gripping short story with a satisfying ending. But in a TV series, you can really take a novelistic approach and explore characters that you wouldn’t ordinarily see, in a level of complexity that you wouldn’t ordinarily get to explore just out of the sheer time constraints in a feature.”

Westworld is a futuristic park where people can go to live out certain fantasies – being a gunslinger for example – but when the robots that inhabit the park start to fight back, the series/story kicks in proper. Nolan says: “People who come into this place are looking for — and this is the irony of it — the authentic experience.

“They’re looking for not the virtual version, but the real version, the tactile version. Interestingly we’ve arrived at what [the original film] created—fully immersible virtual worlds. Look at ‘Grand Theft Auto’ or any of these wholly imagined open-world video games. They are beautiful. They’re perfectly immersive and brilliant and filled with narrative turns.”

Check out the cast list below if you have any doubts that this is a series to start getting excited for…

Westworld stars Ed Harris, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman. Executive producing alongside Joy and Nolan are J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.

Source: Coming Soon

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….