While the two female lead roles in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake may not exactly be the most high-proile/in-demand right now, a slew of noteworthy actresses have already tested for the parts. It now looks like the director has found his leading lady in the familiar shape of Kate Beckinsale – his wife and the star of his two Underworld movies.
Beckinsale has been offered (but not yet accepted) the role of Lori, wife to Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), a fellow whose dreams of life on Mars (excuse the pun) may (or may not) be more than just wild fantasies.
Deadline has confirmed that Beckinsale is the frontrunner for the part, which was played by a pre-Basic Instinct Sharon Stone in Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 Total Recall movie (with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Quaid). Eva Mendes (Ghost Rider) and Rosario Dawson (Sin City) are said to be the top contenders for the other lead female role – that of Melina, a woman who teams up with the Quaid character on his possibly imagined Mars adventure.
Stone’s role as Quaid’s seemingly benign trophy wife-turned girlfriend of the thug Richter (Michael Ironside) in Verhoeven’s Total Recall jump-started the actresses career some two decades ago. By comparison, Beckinsale in the role would naturally lend more star power to Wiseman’s new film.
Chances are also good that the remake won’t feature a scene between she and Farrell that plays out like the showdown between Stone and Schwarzenegger in Verhoeven’s flick (NOTE: this clip has some NSFW violence):
On a more serious note: the new cinematic incarnation of Total Recall will bear a stronger resemblance to Philip K. Dick’s original short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” and is going to feature fan favorite Bryan Cranston as a villain. Whether that means Beckinsale will play girlfriend to Cranston’s character or if the Breaking Bad star is up to play a different bad guy is not yet clear – but we’ll find out soon enough.
Wiseman’s Total Recall will definitely borrow a few tricks from Inception‘s playbook – and with Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Ultraviolet) being the fellow who is mainly responsible for scripting the film, the existential sci-fi elements of the story should be all the less subtle, for better or for worse. The movie could turn out to be just a convoluted mess, but there’s potential for it to be a slick and exciting futuristic action pic as well. Per usual, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Total Recall is scheduled to hit theaters on August 3rd, 2012.