Bryan Cranston in Talks to Play the Villain in 'Total Recall' Remake

March 30, 2011
Source: Variety, THR

Bryan Cranston

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?

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Wow! This is outstanding news! Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad are my two favorite things on tv as of late. To hear that he's playing the villain in the TOTAL RECALL re-make just makes me jump with joy!

Icefilm on Mar 30, 2011


One seriously talented and versatile motherfucker right here, I look forward to anything with his name attached.

Cody W. on Mar 30, 2011


see you at the party Richter!

Anonymous on Mar 31, 2011


This sounds nothing like the original movie....surely with no Mars connection there can be no Rekall and with no Rekall there is no movie! This doesnt sound like a reboot/remake it sounds like a cash-in!

FOOM on Mar 31, 2011


FAIL. there's no trip to Mars in the short story. If you had read it, you would have known the original movie was very loosely based on the story. This sounds like it is going to be more faithful to what Dick wrote.

Vito on Mar 31, 2011


HAL! Yes, this sounds perfect!

Voice of Reason on Mar 31, 2011


!!!!!! This news has actually made my day, I didn't have much faith in this project until now. Being a massive fan of the original I was hoping they wouldn't try and replicate it exactly... so far it's sounding good!

Liquidjackal on Mar 31, 2011


Get your ass to Mars!!! Big question though: will the 3 boobed woman make a cameo?

Will on Apr 1, 2011


1. Do not want. If Hollywood is already at the point of re-making Paul Verhoeven's vibrant visual style (which still looks fresh) then they really must be scratching for ideas. What's next? A remake of Starship Troopers? Or Besson's The Fifth Element? It's ridiculous. 2. On the other hand, this movie sounds nothing like the original. Which is good news (if true). So why are we even calling it a remake?

Fellintoorbit on Apr 3, 2011


not bad

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


not bad

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


His character in Breaking Bad is ridiculously good, that tv show is one of the best things on my internets at the moment. It paints a brutal picture of life just getting by in the US, just don't get ill or have a child that is handicapped and you'll be fine.

Crapola on Apr 6, 2011


Oh yeah, the movie. No real need for a remake really, get Bryan Cranston some other work though.

Crapola on Apr 6, 2011

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