Casting has been rather slow on Columbia Pictures Total Recall remake, with Colin Farrell’s involvement the first to be confirmed, followed by Bokeem Woodbine’s, Bryan Cranston’s and Ethan Hawke’s. What was most puzzling was that there wasn’t much info available as to who these actors would be playing, and though we’re still unclear about a few of them, we now know of a few more who’ll join the production – and who they will play.
First, Heat Vision has reported that Bill Nighy will reunite with his Underworld director Len Wiseman on the film, playing resistance leader Quatto. In the 1990 original, the character was named Kuato and played by Marshall Bell, but the real leader of the Martian rebels was a tiny mutant living inside of him. This version will likely see Nighy take on a meatier role than what Bell had to work with, and the accomplished British thespian is a welcome addition to any franchise (he’s made appearances in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter series in addition to Underworld).
Meanwhile, Collider says that previously rumored actresses Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel have officially boarded the big-budget production as Lori and Melina, respectively. Beckinsale, who is married to director Wiseman, will take on the villainous role that Sharon Stone originated in ’90 while Biel fills in for Rachel Ticotin. Both of these ladies look great on screen and are actually convincing as performers, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the picture. Unlike Paul Verhoeven’s film, this one won’t be dominated by an imposing leading man so it should give the entire ensemble a good chance to shine.
Total Recall will hit theaters next August.