Bryan Cranston in 'Total Recall'; Mars Now Euromerica for Some Reason

March 30, 2011

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I wouldn't go throwing away your collector's edition Total Recall DVDs w/ Mars-shaped tins just yet, but Len Wiseman's remake of the sci-fi film is starting to sound just a little more promising thanks to the addition of the always-enjoyable Bryan Cranston. The Emmy-winning star of Breaking Bad is reportedly in talks to play opposite Colin Farrell as the film's villain, Vilos Cohaagen, played by Ronnie Cox in the original.

As usual, though, it's one step forward, two steps back: while the casting of Cranston is inspired, apparently now the character will have nothing to do with the administration on Mars. Instead, says the Hollywood Reporter, he's "the leader of Euromerica who, under the cover of protecting his people, is secretly readying an invasion of New Shanghai." How relevant for a Western world that's growing increasingly anxious about China but still only moderately distrusts Mars.

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