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Looks Like Paula Patton Is Out Of "Total Recall" Contention

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 22, 2011 3:28 AM
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I hadn’t been keeping up with the Total Recall reboot updates since the initial announcement last summer, because, well, I really don’t care; besides, I figured there wouldn't be any black folks in it anyway, right? Certainly not in any of the starring roles; ok, so there was the mutant brotha in the original - Benny played by Mel Johnson Jr. – the cab driver that helps Arnie’s leading man Quaid escape trouble. Remember his now somewhat famous line… “Hey man, I’ve got five kids to feed!

Anyway… so we know that Len Wiseman will be directing this reboot, and Colin Farrell has been cast in the role initially played by Arnie the Austrian Oak, as he was once known in his bodybuilding days.

But what about the 2 female leads, originated by Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin in the 1990 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s work, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale? Well, you may recall that exactly 1 month ago, we announced that several actresses were vying for those 2 roles, with Paula Patton and Eva Mendes being 2 women of color on the short list, specifically for the Rachel Ticotin role, aka Melina.

Both ladies were said to have been reading for the part that week, with Mendes also being on the short list of actresses for the Lori role, which Sharon Stone played in the original that was directed by Paul Verhoeven.

This week brought news that Kate Beckinsale was offered the Sharon Stone role, so that one's locked up. And, last week, although we didn't report this, it was announced that Jessica Biel has also been offered one of the roles, though it wasn't clear which of the 2. So, with this week's news that Beckinsale is definitely going to play Lori, I think it's safe to say that Jessica Biel will assume the other lead female role in the film, aka Melina, originated by Rachel Ticotin.

So, what does all that mean? Well, obviously neither Paula Patton nor Eva Mendes will be in the film, so I suppose we could seal the envelope on this one, and move on. Unless, one of the 2 above actresses suddenly backs out, which would open the door for any of the others.

Hmm.. I wonder who’ll they’ll cast for Benny the mutant with 5 kids to feed, or if he’ll even be in the script for this remake.

On to the next one...

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4 Comments

  • Joe | April 24, 2011 6:51 AMReply

    "Not a shocker. After Beckinsale-terrible choice"

    Terrible choice my ass. Beckinsale is great choice for this film, and can out-act any other women even mentioned with this film. You need to get a clue. I also don't here anyone whining when other directors, like Tim Burton, hire their partners or wives. Tim Burton has done it far more often than any director, and casts his partner Carter in practically every film he makes.

    As for Jessica Biel, she has not been offered a role in this film. She auditioned, but she is out. Eva Mendes and Rosario Dawson are up for the role of Melina.

  • slb | April 22, 2011 6:53 AMReply

    Deadline is reporting that Rosario is in the running with Eva Mendes for the Melina role as well.

  • Dankwa Brooks | April 22, 2011 4:15 AMReply

    Jug is right. I read it's not leaving Earth this time. While I think the 1st one is a classic I'm not immeadiately against this one...yet. I'll wait until I see the trailer.

  • Jug | April 22, 2011 4:09 AMReply

    Not a shocker. After Beckinsale-terrible choice, considering the other candidates (dude hired his wife, Wiseman was trying to keep a happy home LOL), you can expect Melina to be white, or at the very least some sort of European looking ethnic (Italian, Portuguese, etc). My hopes are fading fast for this one...

    Btw, Benny & 3 Titty lady aren't in it. Actually, no mutants are in it, they're still on Earth.

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