THR reports that Nighy, who previously worked with “Total Recall” director Len Wiseman on the “Underworld” movies, has signed on to play Quatto (previously Kuato in the 1990 original), the the leader of the resistance.
The film’s plot has also come more into focus:
The movie ditches the Martian storyline from the original pic and instead involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai. Farrell plays Douglas Quaid, a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy — although he doesn’t know for which side.
Also, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel have officially joined the cast, though no word yet what characters they’ll be playing. Other castmembers include Bryan Cranston as the film’s heavy, with Ethan Hawke doing a (no longer surprising) cameo.
You can also add “Harold and Kumar’s” John Cho to the cast. EW reports that Cho will play “McClane, the smooth-talking rep for the mind-messing company that tempts Colin Farrell’s Douglas Quaid to implant fantastic memories into his brain.”