You don't need to take a long take for this one – that jetty behind Jeffrey Wright's character looks oh-so-familiar. If you guess Pulau Ubin, you're absolutely wright (see what we did there). More old school than new school, the offshore island features one of Singapore's last surviving kampongs. At a sprawling 1,020-hectares, it boasts greenery and abundant wildlife, drawing nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to explore the many wonders of the granite island. The episode is peppered with scenes from Pulau Ubin, so keep your eyes peeled.
Remember when parts of the CBD was closed last year for a film production called Monty’s Last Stand? Well, that code name was for none other than the critically acclaimed HBO sci-fi drama series Westworld.
For the uninitiated, Westworld is an exclusive, technologically advanced, Wild Wild West-esque theme park. But forget those costumed staff you're familiar with at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) – what you get in the fictional park are android hosts programmed to keep visitors happy, even through unfavourable means. No spoilers ahead, but things hit the fan when one of the oldest working hosts starts a revolution. It has a star-studded cast including Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Aaron Paul.
With such intricate storylines and characters, it comes as no surprise that Singapore was selected as a shoot location with our unique juxtaposition of modern skyscrapers and heritage buildings, beautifully blending the old and new. Parts of the third season were filmed at popular shopping belt Orchard Road, futuristic buildings like Lasalle School of the Arts, and iconic architectural gems such as the Helix Bridge and Marina One. The filming process was assisted by both the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
The latest eight-episode season of the Emmy-winning series first premiered on March 22. Episodes are broadcasted at the same time as the U.S. every Monday at the same time at 9am (SGT) exclusively on HBO Go and HBO, with a second telecast at 9pm on HBO. Spot as many locations as you can when you catch it on your favourite small screen.
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