‘Total Recall’ Has an Inexplicable Cameo Up Its Sleeve

The remake that nobody asked for of the Paul Verhoeven action classic Total Recall has a secret. Is it a long hidden alien reactor that can supply Mars with enough oxygen for everyone to breathe? Is it a surprise cameo by the original film’s star Arnold Schwarzenegger? No, it’s neither of those things: at all. As a matter of fact, this new version of the story isn’t going to take place on Mars, it’s set in the future countries Euromerica and New Shanghai. There is a super secret cameo that’s going to take place in the movie though. Are you ready for it?

Ethan Hawke is set to take on a small role in the film, the details of which are being kept under wraps. This news raises a few questions about the new Total Recall. The first of which is who on Earth thinks Ethan Hawke is a big enough star these days to use for a cameo in your film? And two, what could he possible be doing in this movie that anyone would find secret worthy? If this is an attempt at cashing in on Gattaca nostalgia, then color me surprised that Gattaca nostalgia is a thing that exists. They might have pulled a move so off the wall that they’ve actually got me interested in the movie. Well, not really, but this is pretty strange news. Still, there is one thing that continues to frustratingly keep me from being completely dismissive of this Total Recall remake; the fact that Bryan Cranston is signed on to play the bad guy. Why must they toy with my emotions like that?

Source: Heat Vision

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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