It’s a project that’s been living in rumorville these past few months, as potential cast members come and go like that friend who keeps using you solely for the free food in your fridge (make that dude pay for those Twinkies!). Last month IESB reported that Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) was in talks to play Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck in the new A-Team movie, based on the popular TV show from the ‘80s about four military veterans wrongly convicted of armed robbery who break out of jail and become mercenaries. Not only has The Hollywood Reporter now confirmed that Cooper is in talks to take on that role, but Variety has come through with another revelation: Liam Neeson is now in talks to play Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, the team’s leader.
I was a big fan of “The A-Team” growing up because the series featured a perfect blend of comedy, action and coolness. That, I assume, is what current A-Team director Joe Carnahan will hopefully bring to the franchise, though the casting of Neeson in the Hannibal role over someone like, say, Bruce Willis, is an odd one. That said, since Neeson killed at the box office with the action flick Taken, and is set to co-star in the upcoming Clash of the Titans remake, maybe moviegoers see him now as the tough guy in disguise versus the soft-spoken dramatic actor.
Cooper, meanwhile, is the perfect fit for Peck, who acted as the team hustler – a pretty boy who’s easy on the eyes and good with the ladies. The final two members of the group – Captain “Howling Mad” Murdock and B.A. Baracus – still need to be cast, and with Neeson thrown into the mix, I’m really looking forward to seeing who they choose.
Is this the cast you envisioned for an A-Team movie? Who would you want to see take on those last two roles?