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Blood Spills and Stars Return in ‘Westworld’ Season 4 Teaser Trailer

New footage of HBO’s award-winning, highly stylized sci-fi thriller is light on plot revelations and heavy on eerie atmosphere.

HBO has dropped its first teaser trailer for Season 4 its award-winning Westworld, confirming the return of key cast members and a brand new star in Ariana DeBose.

Billed cryptically as “a dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on Earth,” the fourth season of the highly stylized sci-fi thriller looks as dystopian as ever, but not quite the post-apocalyptic doomscape that the end of Season 3 suggested would come about.

The new footage finds Caleb (Aaron Paul) sipping coffee atop a glistening skyscraper, as numerous series vets are reintroduced to the tune of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” Among those familiar faces are Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, and Angela Sarafyan.

DeBose joins the series on the heels of her Oscar-winning performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. Her Westworld role is not yet known.

Not much is revealed in terms of plot, either, but intriguing symbolic touches abound -- from a burning tree, to angry swarms of flies and a crackling Gramophone standing in the middle of a massive empty concert hall.

VFX houses working on Season 4 include CoSA VFX, Outpost VFX, and Pixomondo.

Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy serve as executive producers on the show, alongside Alison Schapker, Denise Thé, J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, and Ben Stephenson. Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions handled producing duties, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The fourth season of Westworld premieres on HBO and HBO Max Sunday, June 26 and will run for eight episodes.

Watch the teaser trailer:

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