Monday, May 30, 2011

TOTAL RECALL Remake Cast Update

Who can forget Paul Verhoeven's awesome "Total Recall". It had it all : visceral action, intellectual thrills, great production values and plenty of Schwarzenegger one-liners. Verhoeven had already rocked the world of cinema with his "Robocop", so when in 1990 he came back to the sci-fi genre with this adaptation of Phillips K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", there was no doubt he was the man to pull it off, even if not entirely faithful to the source material, something that director Len Wiseman wishes to change. He desires the movie to be more realistic, and decided to move the action to Earth, instead of Mars, which is indeed faithful to the the original short story. The script is written by Kurt Wimmer ("Salt", "Law Abiding Citizen").

The remake has pretty much finished its casting process, with several actors being cast in leading and supporting roles throughout this last month. The Schwarzenegger character will be played by Colin Farrell, while Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad", "The Lincoln Lawyer") is set to play the villain, Vilos Cohaagen, previously played by Ronny Cox. Bill Nighy ("Underworld", "Love Actually") got the part of resistance-leader Quatto, and John Cho ("Star Trek", "Flashforward") will appear as McClane, a representative of the company that sells the Farrell character into the virtual reality experience that we all know isn't all it's cracked up to be. The two love interest characters in the original will be played by Jessica Biel and Wiseman's wife and "Underworld" star, Kate Beckinsale. Which one is which is unknown at this point. Also there's word of a cameo by Ethan Hawke, although his part in the movie is still a mystery.

Now I have mixed feelings about the remake. One the one hand, I am enjoying the idea of Phillips K. Dick's works coming back into the mainstream, but on the other hand I have seriously mixed feelings about Wiseman directing this. It's not that he can't handle big budget flicks, but somehow I've always though of "Total Recall" as being a bit more than that. At least they decided not to do it in 3D. The remake begins production this week and is set for release on August 3rd, 2012.


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