AceShowbiz - "Westworld" showrunner Jonathan Nolan surprised audience of the show's panel at SXSW on Saturday, March 10 in Austin, Texas. Much to fans' excitement, the showrunner alongside cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and James Marsden previewed the first look at the Samurai World a.k.a. Shogun World.
As "Back to Black" was played in the background, the trailer featured Thandie's Maeve sporting a kimono. The footage also saw Hiroyuki Sinada fighting against two samurai armies.
That was not the only surprise at the panel. Jonathan brought his pal Elon Musk to join the panel, where the founder of Tesla and SpaceX talked about the latter's recent launch of Falcon Heavy. Elon made his way to the stage while people were cheering for him. An audience member could be heard shouting, "Elon, we love you!"
"There are a lot of negative things in the world -- a lot of terrible things happening all the time, lots of problems that need to get solved -- but life cannot just be about solving one miserable problem after another. There needs to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity," the billionaire said.
Elon later gave a shoutout to Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, a Russian rocket scientist. "Earth is the cradle of humanity, but you cannot stay in the cradle forever," Elon told the crowd, quoting Konstantin. "I find that incredibly exciting. That makes me excited to be alive, and I hope you all feel the same way."
"Obviously, we've got a lot of problems on this planet, but one of the beautiful things about space flight is that it’s all of us working together. And we were trying to think of an image, something to shock people, and what we came up with was a red sports car and a David Bowie song," Jonathan added.
During the panel, Jonathan and Elon also unearthed a three-minute trailer of the February launch of Falcon Heavy rocket. Set to David's "Starman", the footage displayed the preparation, successes and failures of the much-talked about Falcon Heavy launch. "The only way I know how to share [the Falcon Heavy launch] is a trailer," Nolan said. "It's not for TV or a movie, it's for the next part of the human story," the showrunner said.
Launched on February 6, Falcon Heavy is dubbed SpaceX's most powerful rocket. It is designed to take payloads to deep space, such as a future Mars mission. It has the power of three of the company's Falcon 9 boosters strapped together.