Well isn’t that convenient, Deadline is telling us that director Len Wiseman is looking to recruit his wife, Kate Beckinsale, for his Total Recall remake. The two have worked together before on Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. Here, Wiseman is looking to have her take on the role that Sharon Stone made famous in the original, which is the role of Lori. The other female role, that of Melina, is also up for grabs and the two top contenders are said to be Eva Mendes and Rosario Dawson. Jessica Biel was previously rumored for the role but it looks like she’s out now.
The only thing holding Beckinsale back are her commitments to Underworld 4: New Dawn. If she can work out the scheduling though, she’ll likely join. If she does, she’ll make a great addition to a cast which already includes Colin Farrell and Bryan Cranston. The film will tell the story for “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 is set to play Vilos Cohaagen, “the leader of Euromerica who, under the cover of protecting his people, is secretly readying an invasion of New Shanghai.”
Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, Beckinsale is also a solid actress. I like the Underworld films despite their flaws and I think she’d be good in this. The film is starting to sound pretty appealing. I enjoyed the original and with two strong male leads already set to star, you can be sure that Wiseman will fill out the cast with equally solid talent.