Since wiping away the memory of "Alexander" and "Miami Vice" with his Golden Globe-winning performance in 2008's "In Bruges," Colin Farrell has flown mostly under the radar, appearing in little-seen indies like Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and "Ondine." While the upcoming black comedy "Horrible Bosses" and the horror-comedy remake of "Fright Night" are definitely more high-profile, his career could definitely use a big-blockbuster starring role right about now. That's where "Total Recall" comes in.
Last month, we learned that Farrell was the top choice among a shortlist of actors including Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender for a remake of "Total Recall." Now, Variety is reporting that Columbia Pictures has offered Farrell the role, and they have been in negotiations ever since. It's not a confirmation that he's squared away for the part, but it's pretty darn close.
While no one could ever replicate the eye-bulging (and muscle-bulging) performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original, casting Farrell as Douglas Quaid could set apart this new version of the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" as a reinterpretation instead of a straight-up remake of the 1990 film.
As a lifelong fan of Farrell's work, good and bad, I'm glad to see that he is being considered for this role. The only other time he's done sci-fi was in 2002's "Minority Report," which was another adaptation of a Dick short story. That film was done amazingly well, and Farrell gave a great performance -- so it seems fitting that Farrell's return to sci-fi would keep it in the family.
Regardless, it'll be interesting to see whether Farrell tries to pack on the 300 or so pounds he'd need to at least look like Ahnuld.
Do you think that Colin Farrell is the right man to play the lead in a "Total Recall" remake?