Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel & Bill Nighy Confirmed for ‘Total Recall’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:00 pm,

Things are moving quickly for Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake. First, Colin Farrell snagged the lead role back in January. Then, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston joined the cast as the villain, Vilos Cohaagen, a few months later.

Earlier this month, we reported that Ethan Hawke was set for a cameo in the movie, and now we have news on three more important additions to the film. Could Wiseman’s remake cast surpass that of the much-loved original film?

According to an exclusive report at Collider, both Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel have officially joined Total Recall. As in the original film, Quaid (Farrell) will have two love interests. The first is his “wife” Lori, who is actually involved in a plot against him. The other is Melina, the woman Quaid falls in love with while he is fighting for the resistance.

Kate Beckinsale (Wiseman’s wife and the star of his Underworld films) will take on the role of Lori, which was played by Sharon Stone in the original film, while Biel will be taking the part of Melina. Neither Beckinsale or Biel are surprises in the cast, since the former is frequently cast in her husband’s films, and Biel was one of the rumored candidates for the other lead role.

In addition to the Beckinsale and Biel news, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Bill Nighy is joining the cast as Quatto, the leader of the resistance movement (not Kuato as the original film spelled it). Like Beckinsale, Nighy is also a veteran of Wiseman’s Underworld films. As nice as it is to see two lovely ladies like Beckinsale and Biel join Total Recall, I’m really more excited to see Nighy join the cast. The 61-year-old British actor just seems to class up every movie he’s in.

Wiseman’s remake, which isn’t set on Mars, is expected to be a bit more realistic than the original film. Does that mean that Nighy won’t have to go through hours of make-up to have a fetus-like mutant stuck onto his stomach? Only time will tell.

Does this new casting news increase your anticipation for Total Recall at all, or does it make no difference?

Source: Collider and The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Underworld 5?

  2. Colin Farrell? really?
    No bueno
    Personally I don’t even know why they are remaking the movie… for the younger generation? Let them watch a old movie

  3. This is basically Hollywood thinking they can do it better than Verhoven did, which means they will change everthing about the movie so that it doesnt resemble the original in any way shape or fsshion then wonder why people hate it so. If you want to do a remake and then change everything about it, don’t call it a remake, its a NEW movie.

    • Aleric, supposedly it is going to stick closer to the Dick story than Paul’s did. But I don’t plan on seeing this anyway, there’s no point in remaking this film IMO.

  4. Sounds like a solid cast…to bad theyre being wasted on this crappy sounding remake. PG-13 version of Total Recall anyone??
    The original is a violent sci fi classic that doesn’t need to be remade.
    Can’t these guys come up with something new and original….seems like there’s nothing but sequels and remakes being made.

    • im gonna miss the 3 knockers:[

      • o theyre still there

        lol

      • My daughters on set today and tomorrow and said she met her already,yepper.

  5. but why did they have to change the story taking place in space??? wasnt that a major plot point giving “the people aiol” *said in arnold voice*
    i mean with todays technology they could do the movie even better and i like ferrel hes an awsome actor i can see him in this. but i hate that they changed the setting

  6. Too bad. I was looking forward to Colin Farrell telling himself, “Get your @ss to Mars!” like Arnold did. Despite that I think Beckinsale and Beil are great, I might have to pass on this.

  7. this is almost worth it just to see two of the hottest chicks on the planet it’s just too bad that the movie will be handle with kid gloves on so there’ll be no R rating

  8. To all of you saying this remake of the original film, you do realize the first film was VERY loosly based off of a book (“We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”) originally, right? From what I’ve read and heard about this remake, they are going to follow the original book (which was pretty good) pretty closely.

    As for the casting announcements, not too bad. I think I would have preferred to have Beckinsale and Biel swap roles though. Kate’s got more of the freedom fighter sort of feel to her (Underworld, Van Helsing).

    • It is a remake LOL

    • True That!

  9. Really? 2 of my top 5 in the same movie – oh man.