Now that Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall has Colin Farrell in the role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 Paul Verhoeven film, the film is casting for the lead female roles. For those who haven’t seen the original film, the two lead female roles are Douglas Quaid’s (Farrell) wife Lori (played in the original film by Sharon Stone) and the other is Martian freedom fighter Melina (originally played by Rachel Ticotin).
Deadline reports that Diane Kruger and Kate Bosworth have read for the role of Lori; Paula Patton, Jessica Biel, and Eva Green have read for Melina, and Eva Mendes has read for both roles. Hit the jump for my thoughts on the casting. Total Recall is set to open on August 3, 2012.
I don’t have much of an opinion on who should play Melina (the only actress I don’t like among the names being mentioned is Biel, who seems better suited for Lori), but I think of the actresses reading for Lori, Bosworth should get the gig.
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The whole point of Lori is that you would never suspect a sweet homemaker is actually a trained assassin. Both Kruger and Mendes give the impression that they could kick some serious ass, but Bosworth has a softness to her that would make the reveal of her murderous ways far more shocking and impressive.
Of course, this is all assuming that the characters are basically the same as the ones in the original and that no drastic changes have been made. All we know about the remake is that it’s a “new, contemporized reimagining”. Personally, I think the original Total Recall is half of an interesting movie. Everything that takes place on Earth is a wonderful mindfuck of unreliable reality. But when the movie gets to Mars, it swings wildly to a campy B-movie that’s still enjoyable, but not as rewarding as the story that’s set on Earth. While it would be nice to see a remake that can reconcile the two sides of the story, I don’t have much faith in Wiseman’s ability to make a movie that’s superior to Verhoeven’s.