Cranston in Talks to Play Total Recall Villain

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ComingSoon.net has confirmed that Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) is in talks to play the villain in Columbia Pictures’ Total Recall reboot. The news was first reported by Variety.

He would be joining Colin Farrell in the Len Wiseman-directed film, scheduled to hit theaters on August 3, 2012.

Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” served as the source for the 1990 film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. The updated screenplay is being written by Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback and James Vanderbilt. Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Films.

Heat Vision has more on the storyline:

“The new story involves 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 would play Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of Euromerica who, under the cover of protecting his people, is secretly readying an invasion of New Shanghai.”

Cranston will be appearing in a lot of upcoming movies, including Larry Crowne, Contagion and John Carter of Mars.