Hot on the news that Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston will be cast as the head villain in the new Colin Farrell Total Recall reboot is a brand new plot synopsis. Which includes a troublesome detail.
Earlier today THR reported that Cranston could play the head villain in Len Wiseman's (Underworld) Total Recall. They called the character Vilos Cohaagen — the leader of a mysterious nation called "Euromerica." In the character's description, a few more details about Wisemans reboot are revealed:
The new story involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai, with Douglas Quaid (Farrell) a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy, although he doesn't know for which side. Cranston would play Vilos Cohaagen, the leader of Euromerica who, under the cover of protecting his people, is secretly readying an invasion of New Shanghai.
No mention of Mars, or another planet at all, for that matter. Has Mars been cut out completely? You'll remember in the original film (based off the Philip K. Dick story) Arnold Schwarzenegger ended up on a Martian colony, and was eventually kicked out into the Martian atmosphere (much to the audience's delight). The new villain sounds more like a character that should be in a Bond film. But then again, perhaps that's the whole purpose. Perhaps he almost seems like he could have been dreamed up?
We'll have to wait until there's more details to know if there will be any space travel for certain. But one thing this film definitely has going for it now is Cranston.