A few weeks ago, Kaiser was aghast to learn that Kate Bosworth was reportedly (at least, according to her publicist) up for a gig opposite Colin Farrell in the superfluous remake of Total Recall. Naturally, it was a terrible idea to consider Bosworth in a remake that shouldn’t exist at all; and while I honestly think that Colin Farrell (who is no slouch in the action department), is quite talented, I don’t see him in the Schwarznegger role either. This is probably because I just don’t see anyone filling Arnold’s formerly musclebound prowess in a sufficient and wholly unlaughable manner. For loyalists like myself, this remake has already been doomed from conception, but at least there’s the positive news now that Bosworth has been disregarded for the role in favor of another Kate, who just happens to have the last name “Beckinsale”:
Kate Beckinsale has been offered one of the female lead roles alongside Colin Farrell in the Sony Pictures remake Total Recall. I’m told she’s been offered to play Lori, who was portrayed in the 1990 Paul Verhoeven-directed actioner by Sharon Stone. In fact, that role really launched Stone’s star after she transformed from the happy spouse of Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) into someone completely different.
Both that role and the role of Melina (played in the original by Rachel Ticotin) has drawn high interest from actresses. I’ve heard that Eva Mendes and Rosario Dawson are the serious contenders for the latter role. Beckinsale wasn’t among the names most often mentioned among actresses who read for Lori. But she certainly has a track record with the film’s director, Len Wiseman. They’re married, and before that, worked together on the Underworld films. Beckinsale, who just wrapped Contraband with Mark Wahlberg, is also attached to star in The Trials of Kate McCullough, to be directed by Karen Moncrieff. She is currently shooting Underworld 4: New Dawn, so we’ll have to wait a beat to see if she accepts. She’s repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Sure, Kate Beckinsale is a much wiser choice for the Sharon Stone role than Kate Bosworth, but I have a hunch that nearly any famous Kate (Winslet, Hudson, Moss, Gosselin, maybe even Middleton) could eastily do better than Bosworth. She’s such a no talent who has relied on her relative good looks to get her far enough in Hollywood, but she’s no actress. Man, I bet Bosworth is seriously pissed about this little slight. She needs to look at the bright side though, for this will totally free up her schedule and give her more time not only to get papped with Alexander Skarsgard but also to convince the world that she reads Russian literature, right?
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