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It wouldn't be a Thursday (or any day ending in "y", actually) without some good old fashioned remake news. The latest is that 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston is in early negotiations to play the villain in Len Weisman's 'Total Recall' reboot. If the deal is sealed, Cranston would star opposite Colin Farrell, who is set to star in the lead role.
Based upon the Philip K. Dick novelette 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale', the book (and to a point, the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film) centers around Douglas Quail (Quaid in the movie), a lowly construction worker whose recurring dreams of a trip to Mars land him on the doorstep of Rekal, Inc. - a corporation that offers "extra-factual memories", or false implanted memories for people who don't have the time or money to travel abroad or do exotic things. However, during the process they accidentally uncover supressed memories that reveal Quail as a secret assassin with a head full of very dangerous secrets, which puts him in the cross-hairs of a shady government agency.
In the upcoming reboot however, they have changed the story significantly. Now, the story reportedly involves the two nations of Euromerica (which is sure to thrill Tea Partiers everywhere) and New Shanghai. Farrell will play a construction worker who begins to uncover memories that he is a spy, but doesn't know which side he's spying for. Cranston is apparently in talks to play the ruler of Euromerica, and since his role is also labeled as "the villain", I think it's safe to assume which side Farrell is on. Either way, the chances of seeing a Kuato or Farrell starting any kind of reactor are slim.