HBO has released a trailer, at San Diego Comic-Con, for the second season of the acclaimed series Westworld, set to premiere sometime in 2018.
From Executive Producers, J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the sci-fi western thriller series, based on the 1973 film of the same name, is set in a technologically advanced Wild West–themed amusement park called Westworld and populated by android hosts. There, the guests can indulge in whatever they wish without fear of retaliation from the hosts.
The filming for the upcoming season, which will consist of 10 episodes, will begin – according to the schedule – this fall, in October, in Utah. Rachel Evan Woods (who plays Dolores), Louis Herthum (who plays Peter Abernathy, Dolores’ father), Thandie Newton, Talulah Riley, who played the the welcoming host Angela, will reprise their roles, but other actors might not return for the new episodes, such as Anthony Hopkins, who played the park’s creator, Robert Ford, and was shot in the season’s finale.
The Leftovers star Katja Herbers will join the cast as a “seasoned guest in Westworld whose latest visit comes at the park’s darkest hour”.
Producers Nolan and Joy suggested that new worlds, in particular the Samurai World that was teased, will start to feature in the show, without revealing when and where.
The song used in the trailer is the popular song “I’ve Gotta Be Me”, recorded by Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1968. The song appeared in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow, which starred Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, and was used in several advertising campaigns, including for Diet Coke, Dr Pepper and Sky Q.