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The Theory: Westworld Key Art Release

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

HBO recently released the key art for its upcoming new show Westworld featuring an intimate look at the show’s robotic hosts and tagline “Every hero has a code.”

The artwork features a skinless, artificial person with their arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle. The image is modeled after Leonardo da Vinci's "The Vitruvian Man," an illustration created around 1490 by the legendary Renaissance artist that shows off the beauty of the human proportion.

The one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing, the series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Luke Hemsworth.

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