I suddenly feel better about the new but probably still completely unnecessary remake of The Hitcher. "Why?" you may ask. "I’ll tell you," I would answer. And then tell you.

It’s because¬†it would take someone with just the right combination of charismatic and sociopathic to replace the original’s Rutger Hauer, and the filmmakers¬†have come pretty close with their selection for the wandering loon: Sean Bean.

Bean will be understandably stalking One Tree Hill hottie Sophia Bush (begin all the "chasing some Bush" jokes at your leisure) in the update of the 1986 cult classic. The story involves good-looking young people who mistakenly pick up a hitchhiker who turns out to be precisely that reason mom told you not to pick up hitchhikers.

Bean’s had lots of villain practice already (Patriot Games, Ronin, Don’t Say a Word, National Treasure, The Island, Goldeneye, etc.) but US viewers can catch his more heroic side in the seemingly endless British war series of Sharpe’s films, which BBC America just recently started showing.

The new Hitcher flick comes from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Rogue Pictures, with commercial/music vid guy Dave Meyers shooting Jake Wade Wall’s script.