While no official announcement has been made Colin Farrell is all but locked in to lead Len Wiseman’s Total Recall reboot, and Sony recently set the release date for August 3rd, 2012.
The next step is to find the leading lady, and now we can understand why Farrell signed up as Sony is currently looking for two of them. One for each planet.
First, there is the role of Lori, who started out the 1990 Paul Verhoeven-directed original as the happy homemaker wife of Douglas Quaid, only to transform into the bride from hell. That’s the role that really launched the star of Sharon Stone and I’m told that Kate Bosworth and Inglourious Basterds’ Diane Kruger are reading this week for that role.
There is also the role of Melina, which was originated by Rachel Ticotin, playing the woman who helps the protagonist get to the bottom of the futuristic scandal on Mars. I’m told that Eva Mendes and Paula Patton are reading for that role. Studio insiders warn me that list is not inclusive, and I’ve heard that Jessica Biel could be in contention for Melina, Eva Green too, and that Mendes is also being considered for the Lori role.
A mix of the usual names there. I don’t think there’s been a leading lady role over the past year without Biel’s name on it. If the decision came down to me i’d go for Diane Kruger as Lori, and either Paula Patton or Eva Green for Melina. I guess we’ll find out over the next week or so which actresses land the roles.
The original 1990 film followed a man (Arnold Schwarzenegger) haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars who buys a literal dream vacation from a company called Rekall Inc., which sells implanted memories. The man comes to believe he is a secret agent and ends up on a Martian colony, where he fights to overthrow a despotic ruler controlling the production of air.
This updated version is being described as a “new, contemporized adaptation”, so it should be quite different to what we saw 20 years ago. Kurt Wimmer (Salt) has written the screenplay, and filming will begin over the upcoming months.