By Dave Campbell | June 11, 2009
Liam Neeson is near a deal, and Bradley Cooper is set to star in Joe Carnahan’s (Smokin’ Aces) adaptation of one of my favorite 80’s TV shows…
In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…The A-Team. BRAT-A-TATATATATATATA! (queue music)
Cooper, who hit mega star status after the the success of The Hangover this past weekend, will play Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck. Face is the smooth talking ladies’ man of the group who was originally played by Dirk Benedict. Neeson, who just kicked some major ass in Taken is slated for the role of The A-Team’s leader, Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith. Hannibal was originally played by George Peppard.
It is being said that Common is the front runner for Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus, originally made famous by Mr. T, after Bradley Cooper said this to Empire Magazine – “I like Common, I think Common would be good.” There’s no word yet on who Carnahan will cast for remaining A-Team member the insane Capt. H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock originally played by Dwight Schultz.
The Tony and Ridley Scott production is planned to start shooting in Vancouver this August with Fox behind the $. The A-Team is set for release on June 11, 2010.