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.
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.