But is it a reboot? There’s been talk of this film being a closer adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1966 short story, We Can Remember it for you Wholesale and this casting of Bryan Cranston fits with that assumpton. Cranston won’t be playing the villain from the original film, Michael Ironside, but rather Vilo Cohaagen, the leader of the nation state Euromerica. Here’s a synopsis:
The new story involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai, with Douglas Quaid (Farrell) a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy, although he doesn’t know for which side. Cranston would play Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of Euromerica who, under the cover of protecting his people, is secretly readying an invasion of New Shanghai.
This sounds like a much darker tone than what we saw in the 1990 version. Cranston will join Colin Farrell as the lead and Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) as director. Cranston has been marvelous on Breaking Bad so hopefully he’ll add more confidence to this project, since we all know Farrel as a lead doesn’t draw big crowds. What are you guys thinking about this casting news?