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We learned today Kate Beckinsale has been offered the role of Lori in Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall. If she accepts she’ll play wife to Colin Farrell‘s lead, Quaid. I find it highly unlikely she’ll be turning down the role since her relationship with Wiseman is very, very chummy. The two were married back in 2004 and have worked together on multiple occasions, most notably the Underworld series. At the moment Beckinsale is filming the fourth film in the series, Underworld 4: A New Dawn, which Wiseman is producing.

This version of Total Recall will supposedly be a closer adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale rather than the 1990 movie version. Already announced in the cast in Colin Farrell as Quaid and Bryan Cranston as the villain, Vilo Cohaagen.

Would you like to see Kate Beckinsale in the role? Public opinion might not mean much to Wiseman since he’ll probably be casting his wife no matter what, but what do you guys think?

As a refresher, /Film posted an image of Sharon Stone as Lori in the ’90 Total Recall,

I think we can unanimously agree we’d like to see Beckinsale rockin’ this itty, bitty tube top.

source: /Film


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?

source: /Film