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“Frontrunner” casting jabber of the day: Colin Farrell for TOTAL RECALL?

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
October 21st, 2010

More and more, film casting gossip is starting to look like one of those horse race games from your childhood carnival. Who’s up? Who’s down? Which pony is pulling ahead to win that big stuffed panda at race’s end? Today, that horse race features a stuffed panda prize of toplining the new adaption of TOTAL RECALL. Our in-race horses include Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender, with Colin Farrell currently pulling ahead of the pack. Of course, it seems as if there are few big male roles in Hollywood that have not at one time been attached to newly minted stars Hardy and Fassbender (or even, to a lesser degree, other actors like Jeremy Renner and Chris Pine). It’s nice to see Farrell tossed in to that mix.

This new TOTAL RECALL is slated to begin filming in late March, so that means we can look forward to five more months of casting back-and-forth unless this thing gets locked down before we all lose our minds keeping track of who may star in the film. Len Wiseman is directing this latest incarnation, which is said to be “contemporizing” the original Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring film from 1990 (which was already based on Philip K. Dick’s We Can Remember It for You Wholesale).

It’s certainly interesting enough to report on Farrell’s possible involvement with the film, as it would set him on course to pursue more action fare. As of late, Farrell has taken on smaller roles in non-action flicks, but the early part of his career was jammed with the stuff  – MIAMI VICE, ALEXANDER, S.W.A.T., THE RECRUIT – all seemed poised to turn Farrell into, well, the next Arnold.

For now, however, it’s still chatter. But if Farrell really does land the role – good on him. It’s taken me some time, but I’ve recently started to very much appreciate Farrell as an actor (not as the tabloid fodder he once was). Though I like a sensitive Farrell (ONDINE) or a funny Farrell (IN BRUGES), I am not totally opposed to tougher Farrell.

Farrell on Mars? Only time will tell.

Source THR's Heat Vision Blog

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