Colin Farrell is currently in the front of a short line of contenders to take the lead in the Total Recall remake. The list includes Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender in the Len Wiseman directed film.
Philip K. Dick's story, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" will once again be the basis of this film. The story is about a man with recurring dreams of traveling to Mars so he buys a literal dream vacation from a company called Rekall Inc., which sells implanted memories. Something goes terribly wrong with the implant and he believes he is a secret agent fighting to overthrow a despotic ruler controlling the production of air. It is not know how Kurt Wimmer's script deals with Dick's favorite topic of reality vs. delusion, with audiences having to make up their own minds if the movie was a dream.
The main dilemma currently is which actor will have time in their schedule to fill the role portrayed by Arnold Schwarzennegar in the 1990 movie. Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender have their dance cards filling up fast with their successes with Inception and Inglorious Basterds respectively.
Colin Farrell is finishing of his next film, By Virtue Fall, in January so that might make him the best candidate to take on the lead. Until recently, Farrell has acted in more indie fare. His just wrapped roles in the Fright Night 3D and Horrible Bosses are his first stab at bigger budget fare since Alexander.
Tom Hardy is currently shooting This Means War directed by McG and will be working again with Nolan on the next Batman film as well as starring in Fury Road the new Mad Max movie. Michael Fassbender is currently very busy as well. He is filming Shame and will star in X Men: First Class. Rumors are circulating that Fassbender may also join The Hobbit once the labor relations debacle is settled.
So with all that said, Colin Farrell looks to be the definite front runner for this film. I am very excited about this remake. Total Recall was one of my favorite films when I was a teen and seeing it lately it still holds up in my mind. I think Farrell can pull this off out of all of them the most.
What are your thoughts?