New ‘Westworld’ trailer ditches Western theme for World War II in season 3

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A third season of HBO’s “Westworld” is on the way, and a new trailer has primed fans for developments to come: namely, a change to a World War II setting.

While the show has visited other locations like the Japan-inspired Shogun World, “Westworld” started out in a realistic park made to look like the Old West.

In the trailer, which premiered at Comic-Con in San Diego Saturday, Thandie Newton, who won an Emmy for playing Maeve Millay in the series, can be seen wearing 1940s-style clothing and opening a window to show a public square with army tanks and Nazi banners on buildings. Soldiers hold townspeople at gunpoint.

Along with Newton, the series stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins, Tenafly native Ed Harris and Hackettstown’s Jimmi Simpson. This season, Aaron Paul, best known for playing Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad,” joins the cast as a character named Caleb. Another addition is Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”).

“Westworld” returns in 2020. The show has never been an open book, but fans still tried to suss out details from the trailer, like the existence of other “worlds” beyond the World War II one, and the return or resurrection of characters who were thought dead.

“Westworld” premiered in 2016. Showrunners are New Jersey native Lisa Joy (“Burn Notice”) and her husband Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar”), brother and screenwriting partner of director Christopher Nolan. The series is slated to return next year with 10 episodes.

Other trailers that have premiered at Comic-Con this week have included “Top Gun: Maverick,” starring onetime Glen Ridge High School student Tom Cruise, and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.” Director Kevin Smith, who grew up in Highlands and plays Silent Bob in the movie, released the trailer on Thursday, ahead of his appearance at Comic-Con today.

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