How do you get me interested in a Len Wiseman-directed remake of Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall? Step 1: Hire Bryan Cranston. Step 2: There is no Step 2. Variety reports that the three-time Emmy winner will play the film’s villain opposite Colin Farrell. However, Variety doesn’t say which villain role Cranston will be playing. Is it the thuggish Richter (originally played by Michael Ironside) or is it the more likely role of big bad Martian administrator Vilos Cohaagen (originally played by Ronny Cox)? Either way, this film now has Cranston and that’s cause enough to be excited. [Update: Heat Vision has details on the plot and says Cranston is playing Cohaagen:
“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.”]
The Breaking Bad actor is currently at work on the show’s upcoming season, which is set to debut this July. Cranston will also be seen in theaters later this year in Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, and Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion.