Colin Farrell offered the lead in Total Recall remake

Colin Farrell is reported to be in negotiations to take on the lead role in Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake.

The Irish actor is set to take on the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Paul Verhoeven's ultraviolent 1990 sci-fi movie.

Len Wiseman of Underworld and Die Hard 4.0 fame is in the director's chair this time round, which doesn't exactly overwhelm us with confidence, but Farrell's involvement would certainly be a welcome prospect.

It has been a while since Farrell headlined an action flick, and one of his only previous forays into science fiction was Steven Spielberg's superb Minority Report .

Kurt Ultraviolet Wimmer has written the script, which will apparently go back to the source material that Verhoeven's movie was based on: Minority Report author Philip K. Dick's short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale .

The original Total Recall bore very little resemblance to Dick's short story, taking the basic premise and moulding it to suit Arnie's action man persona. There's plenty of scope for Wiseman and Wimmer to make a very different adaptation of the material, so it'll be interesting to see what they do with it.

Source: Variety via /Film

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.