While we don’t really see the point of a “Total Recall” remake, the casting is certainly moving in interesting directions. Colin Farrell has the lead role and just a couple of weeks ago, a bevy of beautiful women were shortlisted for the two female lead roles in the movie. As you might remember from the Paul Verhoeven version, those principle roles are: Lori, the wife of Farrell’s character, Doug Quaid, who turns out to be more than she seems (a part played by Sharon Stone, in her breakout role, in the original), and Melina, who Quaid becomes romantically involved with (Rachel Ticotin in the original, although the role has been re-envisioned substantially). Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger and Eva Mendes were said to be in the running for the former, while Paula Patton, Jessica Biel, Eva Green and Mendes (who’s up for both parts) are reading for the latter. Well, it looks like one is down with one more to go.
Jessica Biel has landed one of the roles, though Variety can’t yet confirm if it’s indeed Melina she will be playing, as there is a strong possibility she may have taken the Lori role instead.
The future-set story follows Douglas Quaid, a factory worker begins to think he’s a spy, but he doesn’t know whether it’s for Euromerica or New Shanghai, one of the two superpower countries in this world. Bryan Cranston recently joined the film as Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of Euromerica who is plotting to invade New Shanghai.
The Len Wiseman-directed film will hit theaters on August 3, 2012.