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Neeson And Cooper Are The A-Team
Well, half of them anyway...

09 June 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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We love it when the plan to put The A-Team on the big screen comes together – and it's coming together quite nicely, as a matter of fact, with the news that Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper are in talks to star in the Joe Carnahan-directed adaptation of the ‘80s TV show about four resourceful Army vets on the run for a crime they didn’t commit.

As has been rumoured for a while, Cooper – who became a star this weekend with the success of The Hangover – will play Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck, the group’s ladies’ man, and the role originated by Dirk Benedict.

But it’s Neeson’s involvement, as the A-Team’s leader, Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, that’s got us all kinds of excited. The role, originally played by George Peppard of course, has been linked with all manner of A-listers over the years, including George Clooney and Mel Gibson, but Neeson is spot-on.

As Taken showed, he can still kick ass and take names, even at the age of 57, and he should bring gravitas to the project. Given that Carnahan is apparently keen to excise any camp, jokey aspects from the movie, Neeson’s presence is a step in the right direction. He’s Qui-Gon effin’ Jinn, for God’s sake…

There’s no word yet on who Carnahan will cast as the two remaining members of The A-Team, the African-American tough guy B.A Baracus (first played by some guy named Mr. T) and the batshit insane pilot, ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock (the legendary Dwight Schultz), but with production set to begin in August in Vancouver, we’d imagine that we’ll hear some news sooner rather than later.

Fox is stumping up the cash for this one, which is also produced, oddly enough, by Tony and Ridley Scott. The movie’s set for release on June 11, 2010. 

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The is The A Team
Mel Gibson - Hannibal, NOBODY ELSE - Think of Maverick, Lethal Weapon, Brave Heart. Aaron Eckhart - Face, Two Face from The Dark Knight, he brings style and depth to a brilliant role. Ice Cube - B.A. If he bulks up and focuses on the job he could do a geat job. Jim Carey - Howling Mad, If he tones his behaviour down a bit and gives the role what's needed he would be amazing. Decker - I;m not sure yet but he needs to be chosen correctly or it's all down hill More

Posted by Freddy10 at 16:13 on 02 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Casting
Bradley Cooper, for face? you've got to be kidding me, he's not even good looking! Josh Duhamel would be perfect, I like Liam Neeson but for Hannibal? What happened to Bruce Willis? This doesn't sound too promising. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 19:51 on 13 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Casting
HANNIBAL - Mel Gibson FACE - Bradd Pitt MURDOCH - Sam Rockwell BA - Mr. T That's right, Mr. T! More

Posted by grimlockbedi at 20:36 on 11 June 2009 | Report This Post

Add Terry Crews as BA and Woody Harrelson as Murdoch and you got a pretty good team. Colonel Decker to be played by Carnahan favourite Ray Liotta or possibly William Fichtner? Joe's only smokin' ace Alicia Keys could be hot as Amy A. Allen ? More

Posted by Big Braveheart at 20:18 on 10 June 2009 | Report This Post

Hannibal - Clooney Face - johnny depp Murdoch - Sam Rockwell BA - Michael Clarke Duncan More

Posted by Clegg Of The Dead at 18:55 on 10 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: The plan is coming together...
I'm not too sure on the casting, personally I would have gone for these guys. More

Posted by talpacino at 12:53 on 10 June 2009 | Report This Post

The plan is coming together...
Liking the approach this film seems to be taking! Neeson as Hannibal, Cooper as Face - nice, nice! BA is always gonna be tough - I hope they move away from just a Mr T. impressionist on that one. But as for Murdock, why can't they just bring back Dwight "The Schultz" Schultz back??? Just a thought... And regarding Decker - shouldn't they have Lynch pursuing them first? Decker comes in for the (inevitable) sequel, with Bull Fulbright chasing them in the third film? Just a thought... More

Posted by Iago 1979 at 11:20 on 10 June 2009 | Report This Post

Neeson would ,instead of Hannibal, make a good col decker. I think that Brad Pitt (provided he dropped his fee a bit and turned in a "twelve monkeys" type performance) could pull off the role of Murdoch More

Posted by gaffer at 08:17 on 10 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Sam Rockwell!!
Quite like the casting so far and isnt woody harrelson going to be murdock?? that was the last i heard of it and i love it better then anyone else suggested. More

Posted by Frank Castle at 00:17 on 10 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Sam Rockwell!!
Like Sam Rockwell idea but Common as BA The only Guy that should play him is Kimbo Slice he got BA written all over him just look him up on the net. More

Posted by Gordon Jordan at 23:52 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

So we like Taken now?
Somebody touched on this before but I feel the need to really tear into it a bit. So Empire likes Taken now? I have to say the review that was posted on this very site for that film was one of the worst I've ever seen on here. Basically they didn't bother to rate the film on its own merits just wrote it off as American xenophobia, despite the fact that there were more foreigners involved than Americans. More

Posted by JohnClark at 23:44 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Sam Rockwell!!
That is inspired whoever first thought of that. He would be brilliant. I also like the idea of either Common or The Rock for BA. More

Posted by JohnClark at 23:36 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Good choice...
L: Noelg25 Liam Neeson is certainly the man for the job. Just remember: Taken, Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, enough said. sp; Arguably the 3 worst films on his CV with 3 of his poorer performances. And? More

Posted by elab49 at 22:51 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

80's movies activate!!!
Oh yes! So cool. Bring on all other 80's inspired possibilities especially any black high tech vehicles you know you want it! More

Posted by giddig at 18:44 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

If Not Common
Terry Crews!!! More

Posted by BrianShields25 at 17:17 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Common for B.A Baracus
Piven wouldn't be bad as Murdock but I loved the Sam Rockwell suggestion someone threw out there More

Posted by BrianShields25 at 16:54 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

My Vote.....
Is for The Rock for BA and Jason Lee as Murdoch! More

Posted by Cjay at 16:16 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Excited Now.....!!!!!
Sam Rockwell as Murdoch - has to be....! Robert Downey Jr as BA???? More

Posted by ebbsy100 at 14:17 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Excited Now.....!!!!!
Sam Rockwell as Murdoch - has to be....! Robert Downey Jr as BA???? More

Posted by ebbsy100 at 14:15 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Excited Now.....!!!!!
Sam Rockwell as Murdoch - has to be....! Robert Downey Jr as BA???? More

Posted by ebbsy100 at 14:12 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Barracas and Murdock
I fully expect some lazy studio exec to cast Jack Black as Murdock, whcih would suck as Jack Black has all the range of a water pistol. I'd like to see what someone like John Cusack would do with it, but I doubt he'd go for it. Jim Carrey would be fun with that part. But my first choice would be Will Ferrell. Yeah, I went there. As for BA, I can't believe nobody has suggested Ving Rhames! He is badass enough to absolutely nail that character! More

Posted by lukeynemo at 14:00 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Jeremy Piven for Murdock
That is all More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 13:51 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Michael Jai White...
for B.A. Baracus! More

Posted by Shingouki28 at 12:54 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Well for Hannibal anyway, dont get me worng i am a massive Neeson fan but is this right? Same question were asked when the late Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker... and Lukeyboy Patrick Stewart rocked as Prof X More

Posted by Lang at 11:33 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

I still maintain it should be Bruce Willis as Hannibal, he has the charm and whit to go with the charecter, plus i dont really need to say how much ass he can kick! Brad Cooper as Faceman could work but it will be interesting to see who Murdock and B.A will be More

Posted by mr blond at 11:11 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

I'm not totally against an A-Team movie, i mean the qoute at the beginning of every episode is movie material full stop! but i just cant see anybody else playing these characters, ok George Clooney could pull of Hannibal and Jim Carrey for Murdock but its just to cliche! and as for BA nobody can fill his shoes! its not just "lets get a token big black guy to wear lots of jewellry" they need the personality of Mr T, his actions, his voice, his frown! i mean come on!! And whether they sh More

Posted by Paulicarz at 10:56 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Bad Attitude Baracus
Wood Harris who plays Avon Barksdale on The Wire and Julius Campbell in Remember the Titans would be perfect. Just needs to beef up slightly More

Posted by Ironside at 10:55 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Uh..not spot on
Also, why's Empire reffering to Taken in support of the choice? I seem to remember that receiving 1 star vitriol in the original review. Why the love now? More

Posted by gusbuster at 10:52 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Uh..not spot on
I've got a lot of time for Neeson. Agreed that his accent skills are on a par with Sean Connery, but he's a fine actor and a bit of a legend. However, he's about as suited for Hannibal as Dame Judy Dench, and I really can't see the argument otherwise. If you want grit, gravitas and pathos, then Neesons your man, but what have any of those things got to do with an A-Team movie? It's tongue in cheek, lightweight action fun. It doesn't have dark and serious orgins to be rediscovered admist the TV c More

Posted by gusbuster at 10:45 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Good choice...
Liam Neeson is certainly the man for the job. Just remember: Taken, Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, enough said. As for Murdoch, I like the ideas so far of either Sam Rockwell or Jim Carrey. Both funny in their own right, but somehow I feel Sam Rockwell could be the one to play Murdoch. But then again Carrey was chosen over legend Robin Williams to play The Riddler in Batman Forever, so you never know. More

Posted by Noelg25 at 10:42 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

This is good....
....Now as long as the rumours about Common being B.A. turn out to be false, I'll be very happy. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 10:34 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Could be interesting. Wonder if he'll go with the white haired look? More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:07 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Underwhelmed.....
Neeson is a superb actor, IMO - just not suited to action crap. And really not suited to this - exactly how is he spot on? More

Posted by elab49 at 10:06 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Am i the only one who thinks Liam Neeson is - to put it kindly - not a very good actor? He can't do accents, he can't do stunts (the fight scenes in Taken looked about as good as the ones from Austin Powers), and he looks a bit weird if you ask me! I'm sorry to jump on the bandwagon, but the role of Hannibal had George Clooney's name slapped all over it! It's the most obvious piece of casting since Patrick Stuart played Proff X or Julia Roberts played a person who looks li More

Posted by lukeyboy at 09:58 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Murdoch should be...
L: Maca007 ...Sam Rockwell...'nuff said. sp;   Seconded More

Posted by Karl Crutchley at 09:27 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

A Fox Studios Picture eh?
Curses. More

Posted by Timon at 09:11 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

I like Cooper for this and while I really can't complain about Neeson lets all be honest and admit Clooney is looking more an more like Peppard by the day. That being said if the goal is to get grittier Neeson is an excellent choice. Jobin is also right Carey would be perfect for Murdoch and I think the rumors linking Common with the B.A. role are spot on. More

Posted by JohnClark at 09:05 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Murdoch should be...
...Sam Rockwell...'nuff said. More

Posted by Maca007 at 08:53 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Carrey as Murdcoch Please Please Please
Its only Jim Carrey that can do Murcdoch.... it has to be. a role he was born to play!!!! More

Posted by jobin at 08:49 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Neeson = excellent choice
liam neeson is a legend and deserves to be the leading actor again. his roles as a young hero's mentor ala ep 1, narnia, batman begins were starting to get annoying More

Posted by spacedbeetle at 08:47 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

"produced, oddly enough, by Tony and Ridley Scott" ???
"produced, oddly enough, by Tony and Ridley Scott" Why is that odd? They often produce movies. More

Posted by nicky1975 at 08:41 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Neeson = excellent choice
I'm sorry but i'm underwhelmed at the idea of Neeson having any role in this movie . It just does'nt fit my envisioning . But Cooper does . More

Posted by Beno at 07:35 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

Neeson = excellent choice
Yep, he'll do just fine for Hannibal! More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 07:08 on 09 June 2009 | Report This Post

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