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Bryan Cranston cast as villain in 'Total Recall' reboot

March 30, 2011 |  3:47 pm

Bryan Cranston cast in "Total Recall" Bryan Cranston, the Emmy-winning chemistry teacher of "Breaking Bad," has been cast as a villain in the remake of Columbia's "Total Recall."

The Len Wiseman-directed action flick also stars Colin Farrell as the protagonist, a factory worker in the fictional New Shanghai who believes he's a double-agent. Wiseman previously worked on the "Underworld" series and "Live Free or Die Hard."

Cranston will play the leader of the nation state Euromerica who is secretly plotting to invade New Shanghai, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The 1990 film -- based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" -- originally starred former Gov. Arnold Scwharzenegger and Sharon Stone. In 1999, it became a television series on then-named Sci-Fi channel starring different actors.

Cranston is currently starring alongside Matthew McConaughey in "The Lincoln Lawyer" and has finished filming Tom Hanks' "Larry Crowne." He'll soon appear with Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks in "Drive" and Disney's "Johnny Carter of Mars."


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Photo: Bryan Cranston at the Screen Actors Guild awards. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times