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"Quaaaaaiddd.... start the reactor..." British actor Bill Nighy - geek favorite and one hell of an actor - is in active negotiations with Columbia Pictures to star in their forthcoming remake of 'Total Recall'. The film, which completely ditches the more sci-fi aspects of the original film (like Mars and mutants), takes place as political tensions between the mega-nations of Euromerica and New Shanghai start to heat up and the lead protagonist Quaid (played by Colin Farrell) is caught between the two as he unlocks hidden memories of his life as a former spy. Nighy is currently in talks to play the leader of the resistance, Kuato... err, sorry... "Quatto".
You see, just as the setting and backdrop have been altered, so too has the character. No longer a mutant protruding grossly from the torso of another man, this slightly-renamed version of Kuato is reportedly just a guy. Just a regular old fashioned human. No cool surprise twist where you learn that the entire uprising is being orchestrated by an over-achieving belly tumor, no creepy visual effects of the slimy child-like psychic mutant flopping around like some kind of spastic ingrown baby. Nada.
Then again, it's still Bill Nighy. Lack of visual effects aside, Nighy has more than enough charm and breezy charisma to waltz his way through nearly any role. Along with his numerous geek genre roles - Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in 'Harry Potter', tyrannical ruler Viktor in the 'Underworld' franchise (also helmed by 'Recall' director Len Wiseman), Davy Jones in two 'Pirates of the Carribean' films, unwanted parental figure Philip in 'Shaun of the Dead' - this is probably just another notch on the bedpost for Nighy, who (judging by the revised storyline and lead actor) may end up being the best part of the film.