Bryan Cranston in Talks to Play the Villain in 'Total Recall' Remake
Last July we found out that Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman would be at the helm of a remake of the 1990 sci-fi film Total Recall. Then early this January we found out that Colin Farrell take the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the story from Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Now we have word on who will be giving Farrell a run for his money (or more accurately his memories) as Variety reports Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") is negotiating to play the villain. In the original film actor Ronny Cox was in pursuit of our protagonist, and Cranston seems like a great substitute.
Though Cranston is still playing Vilos Cohaagen, THR's report on the plot shows that this remake has nixed Mars out of the story completely:
The new story involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai, with Douglas Quaid (Farrell) a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy, although he doesn’t know for which side. Cranston would play Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of Euromerica who, under the cover of protecting his people, is secretly readying an invasion of New Shanghai.
So that's interesting. Anyway, Cranston has show amazing talent on cable with his three-time Emmy-winning performance on AMC's "Breaking Bad," but because the series has shorter seasons, the actor has been able to take roles in films like Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne (watch the trailer here) and Steven Soderbergh's viral thriller Contagion. Further down the road we'll also see him in Disney's John Carter of Mars. Honestly, this casting couldn't be better though I can't say I'm completely sold on Farrell in the lead role yet. We'll see how these two fare against each other sometime down the road. What do you think?