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It looks like Jessica Biel may join Colin Farrell in Len Wiseman’s (“Underworld”) remake of “Total Recall”. Personally I don’t see the need to remake “Total Recall”, but apparently that’s not going to stop Sony from doing just that. And I freely admit that, no matter how it looks, I’m totally going to go see it.
Biel has reportedly been offered one of lead female roles, though it is presently unclear whether she would take the part of Melina, the Martian insurgent originally played by Rachel Ticotin, or Lori, the wife of protagonist Douglas Quaid, a role filled by Sharon Stone.
The 1990 “Total Recall” is based on the Philip K. Dick story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was directed by Paul Verhoeven, who went on to win much acclaim for “Showgirls”.
The plot concerns an apparently unsophisticated construction worker, Doug Quaid (Schwarzenegger), who turns out to be a freedom fighter from Mars who has been relocated to Earth, and his attempts to restore order, and reverse the corrupt influence of commercial powers.
In perhaps the most interesting bit of casting from “Total Recall”, Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) is attached to play the villain. I like the idea of seeing Cranston do his thing on the big screen, and I think he may prove to be an incredible bad guy.