The upcoming remake of Total Recall has locked-down three high-profile cast member. It will welcome Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, and confirm the rumored Kate Beckinsale (wife of the film's director, Len Wiseman.)
The voluptuous, (and newly single) actress, Jessica Biel will play Melina, a leading role and love interest in the film, which was played in the original by Rachel Ticotin. Cast opposite Colin Farrell's main character, Quaid, this could be the start of a dangerous love triangle, since previous reports of Kate Beckinsale being cast as Quaid's evil wife, Lori have now been confirmed.
What else is in store for this supposedly stripped-down, but stylistic remake?
Veteran actor, Bill Nighy, who has been quite ubiquitous in recent big-budget blockbuster franchises in roles like the villainous tentacle-faced Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean, head vampire Viktor in the Underworld franchise, as well as roles in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer. However, this time he'll be playing a role that spawned several Internet memes as resistance leader, Kuato. At this point, we don't know if he'll share the same attribute as the previous incarnation of the character played by Marshall Bell, who was revealed to be a small mutant growing on the body of his human host, who famously told Quaid to "start the reactor."
With Bryan Cranston already confirmed for the role of evil puppetmaster, Vilos Cohaagen (played previously by Ronny Cox,) it seems that the primary cast in this remake has been set. Filming will begin in June in Toronto.
Since it has been known for some time that the film will not take things to Mars like in the classic 1990 Paul Verhoeven film, it could be a tough sell. However, its adherence to the original short story by Phillip K. Dick, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, could end up becoming the selling point on which director Len Wiseman could capitalize.
Yet, another thing that could have been beneficial to the film, a cameo by the film's original star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, looks all but impossible, given his latest facepalm-inducing domestic woes, which has effectively put the planned revival of his acting career on hold. Thus, this version of Total Recall will, on its own, need to tread the path of all remakes/reboots in attempting to carve out its own identity, while maintaining a recognizable form to fans of the classic version.
Nevertheless, it will certainly be interesting to see how this film develops.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter