The Brit List: Summer of London – Movies

7. Kate Beckinsale in Total Recall

Kate Beckinsale in 'Total Recall' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Kate Beckinsale‘s new role is bang-on in her wheelhouse: doing roundhouses while dressed in sleek costumes is second nature after her stint in the Underworld. Ostensibly, she’ll be taking on Lori, the role Sharon Stone sexed-up in the 1990 Arnold Scharzenegger film based on Philip K. Dick‘s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.” But as Beckinsale told Collider earlier this year, there’s more to the part than meets the eye: “Sharon Stone’s interpretation of Lori is safe because my character is more… It is Lori, but it’s an amalgamation of Lori and Richter [originally played by Michael Ironside]. So I guess one of the differences about our movie as opposed to their movie is in that period of time they needed her to have a right hand man.”

One thing’s for sure: she’s a lot more fetching than Michael Ironside in the trailer:

Could this be the summer of Kate? The London-born actress, who came up in British costume drama, has struggled to find a vehicle worthy of her outside the Underworld franchise. At least she had a supporting ear on set: the director of the reboot is none other than Kate’s hubby, Len Wiseman.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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