‘Total Recall’ Remake Shortlist of Actresses For Female Leads

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 12:58 pm,

Colin Farrell is set to step into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoes and set out on what may or may not be a real mission to Mars in next year’s Total Recall. The actor was confirmed to star in director Len Wiseman’s sci-fi remake, which will be more similar in design to Philip K. Dick’s original short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” than the 1990 Schwarzenegger vehicle.

Actresses have now begun reading for the two female lead roles in Wiseman’s Total Recall: Lori, wife to Douglas Quaid (Farrell) who has her own dark secrets, and Melina, Quaid’s old flame who aids him on his quest to reveal the truth behind a conspiracy on the red planet.

Deadline says that Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) will be reading this week for the role of Lori. Kruger was previously said to also be in the running for a female lead role in Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel (thought not Lois Lane). Seeing how Total Recall is expected to begin production sometime this spring, it’s possible that Kruger would still be available to join the Superman reboot when it starts filming this summer.

Eva Mendes (Ghost Rider) and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) are said to be reading for the part of Melina this week. Mendes is also reportedly in the running to play Lori, while Jessica Biel (The A-Team) and Eva Green (Casino Royale) are apparently also prospects to play Melina – though Green seems less likely, given that she’s already attached to Dark Shadows.

Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin starred as Lori and Melina, respectively, alongside Schwarzenegger in director Paul Verhoeven’s original Total Recall adaptation. The film is just one of numerous hit properties from the late ’80s/early ’90s that is now being remade/rebooted for the current generation.

Verhoeven’s movie was (for me, at least) an entertaining mix of over-the-top violence, Schwarzenegger’s breed of graphic action and language, and some bizarre sci-fi creations – in particular, a race of mutants that spawned as a result of exposure to radiation on the lower levels of the Mars civilization. It didn’t exactly bear much resemblance to Dick’s source material, though, and the remake aims to be more of an existential thrill ride in the vein of Inception.

There are three screenwriters credited on IMDB as having worked on the screenplay for the Total Recall remake at some point, including Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard), James Vanderbilt (The Losers), and Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium). Their combined background in scripting action-heavy fare and more thought-provoking (if messy) sci-fi material gives a decent idea of what to expect in the new Total Recall.

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Schwarzenegger in ‘Total Recall’.

Wiseman has delivered stylish if empty action flicks before – namely in the forms of Underworld, the semi-prequel Underworld: Evolution, and the fourth Die Hard movie. Perhaps he’ll prove himself capable of making something a little less brainless this time around (no pun) – we shall see.

Total Recall is tentatively scheduled for release in theaters on August 3rd, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  2. Diane Kruger for the wife and Eva Mendez for Melina. And please please do not choose Bosworth!

    • To heck with that! Diane Kruger for MY wife!

      And Hollywood… please stop the senseless reboots! A kitten dies every time one is made. Please save the kittens.

      • Yeah, I’m not keen on remakes/reboots of good movies either, but since we don’t have a say in this crap, I hope they get the right people in these positions.

  3. With Colin Ferrell in the lead this movie is sure to be a failure.

  4. Colin Farrell? Bleehh! Loved the Chez-E first one.

  5. I choose Eva Mendes for the leading roll. I’ll love to see her in this film. She’s talented and beautiful. Too much of the same faces all the time.

  6. oh the humanity! regardless of it not trully reflecting philip k. dick’s short story, the first total recall should have been the LAST total recall. its so typical that hollywood would do this! this movie is on my rack with terminator 1 and 2, aliens, robocop 1 and 2, and predator. possibly even predator 2. its something i seriously can watch anytime. total recall i think was a time at verehoven’s peak. with robocop under his belt this was another gem to show his true vision of a dreaded future where corporations own… even if its huge necessity such as AIR. and we all know if there was a way for a corporation to manufacture or control the air we breath, THEY TOTALLY WOULD! anyway, even though im not completely pessimistic about this remake the only one upside i see is bryan cranston playing the villain role and the possibility of Kruger playing playing quaids wife. everything else ive read thats attached to this remake its hard to see that it will be anything close to even mediocre. also, who cares if this remake is going to reflect philip k. dick’s story? the dude was on ludes half of the time he was writing, which im saying is bad, but it just added to the complexity of his stories. if they want a cool k. dick story for a movie – “man in the high castle,” which i think might be in TV production right now. so, whoop whoop! peace!

  7. See you at the party Richtaaar!

  8. While they are at it they should re-make every single movie that Arnold ever made at least TWICE every decade . Please start with Hercules in New-York .