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.