Jun 9, 2009

I love it when a plan comes together.

One year from now, on June 11, 2010, we will be getting a big-screen adaptation of The A-Team. As of yesterday it seems two of the four main roles have finally been cast. And all I can say is, "Oh god, YES."

Variety is reporting Liam Neeson is in negotiations to play George Peppard's role, Col. John "Hannibal" Smith. "Neeson and Fox are working out money issues. He is coming off the global hit 'Taken' and most recently completed 'Chloe' and 'Clash of the Titans,' playing Zeus in the latter," says Variety. Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) is set to direct, brothers Ridley and Tony Scott will produce along with Jules Daly and original series creator Stephen J. Cannell.

Bradley Cooper, who's been rumored to be playing "Faceman" for quite some time now, seems to have cemented his chances by hitting it big at the box office this past weekend with The Hangover. The Hollywood Reporter says, "Cooper is in official talks to step into the role of Face for Fox's feature adaptation of 'The A-Team.'" 

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, writers of both 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted, have already written the screenplay. Fox has, "kept the series premise -- four war vets wrongly convicted of armed robbery escape from a military prison to become do-gooder mercenaries -- but they've replaced the campy nature of the series with a tone closer to those of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Ocean's Eleven,'" according to Variety.

With these two talents for all intents and purposes cast, who do you think should play B.A. Baracus and Mad Murdock? I'm almost of the mind they should keep Mr. T as B.A. just for the hell of it. Not sure about Murdock though, Dwight Schultz has such a specific quality about him that's not easy to replicate.

12 comments:

nilskidoo said...

I heard someone before suggest Woody Harrelson for Murdock.
I like that.

Arturo said...

After the events of Dollhouse, I'm gonna suggest TUDYK! for Murdock.

Humerus said...

Here's an unconventional choice for B.A. Baracus - Queen Latifa

(Bracing for impact)

wereviking said...

Could imagine Harrelson as Murdoch, as yr quite right about that indefinable quality of the original nutter. I'm sure they can find some big mad black unknown to do the t-spot.

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Pegg said...

Why leave out the camp?!

This movie could be HILARIOUS!

The Comic Book Novice said...

Funny, For the longest time the movie was supposed to come out this year with Director John Singelton. guess that finally fell thru (this info was as recent as last month).

Dan said...

I've been pro-Tudyk as Murdock for quite some time. He even has fake-pilot experience.

And, as much as I like Liam...I really wish the role went to Michael Biehn.

Heretic said...

oh wow, thats amazing!

greyman24 said...

Wow. Carnahan directing, and the Scotts producing?

No epileptics should be allowed to see this film. It WILL induce seizures.

nameless said...

Crispin Glover would be cool for Murdock, or if they want somebody younger i'd go with Topher Grace. and how about Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko on LOST) for B.A.?

Nick Ahlhelm said...

Wasn't Bruce Willis going to be Murdock? I thought I heard that somewhere, but hell, who knows.

Last I heard, they were talking to Common for B.A. I would think Michael Clark Duncan would be the easier pick... but, we'll see.

I am not sure about the current choice of casting though. Liam Neeson in the lead sounds great, but is he willing to make sequels? I need an A-Team trilogy dang it!

The Nerdy Bird said...

Hmm, Harrelson is not a bad idea. But wow, Tudyk would be great!

Queen Latifa? Not a bad idea actually.

Yeah, I kinda hope they don't make it too serious.

Michael Biehn? Interesting...

I think Mr. Eko is too scary. :)