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Bill Nighy Joins Biel and Beckinsale in “Total Recall” Remake

Casting for Len Wiseman's upcoming remake of Total Recall keeps picking up steam. First Colin Farrell takes the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Then Bryan Cranston gets tapped to play the lead villain while Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel will play the female leads. Now, the Heat Vision blog of The Hollywood Reporter says that Bill Nighy--who has worked with Wiseman on two "Underworld" films — has been cast as Quatto.

The outline of the reboot has proven to be less like a direct adaptation of the 1990 original. Doug Quaid (Farrell) believes himself to be a secret agent in a world split by two nations—Euromerica and New Shanghai. The issue is that he cannot remember who he is an agent for. Cranston will play the leader of Euromerica, who secretly plots a massive invasion against New Shanghai, Quaid’s apparent home. Quatto (Nighy) is described as the leader of the resistance (presumably) against Cranston's regime, though it does not specify his country of origin. For all intents and purposes, it sounds like the Martian storyline of the 1990 film has been scrapped.


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