Following years of false starts, the big screen incarnation of the 1980s TV Series “The A-Team” not only has a director, “Smokin’ Aces'” Joe Carnahan, but it has stars.
In separate reports, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Bradley Cooper is set to play Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck (originally played by Dirk Benedict) and according to Variety, Liam Neeson is on board as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (originated by George Peppard).
Like the TV series, the movie will still follow four war veterans wrongly convicted of armed robbery who escape from a military prison to become modern day Robin Hoods, but Carnahan and grew intend to stay as far away from the show’s campy tone as possible.
Two major roles are left to be cast Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz in the TV series), and Sgt. “B.A.” Baracus, better known as Mr. T. Hip-Hop artist turned actor Common has been rumored for Baracus, but nothing has been officially announced.
With the picture beginning to shoot in late August, it would appear Cooper has either declined or was rejected the role as Warner Bros. “Green Lantern,” a story originally reported on HitFix. That would be somewhat surprising considering he just toplined their mammoth hit comedy “The Hangover” this past weekend, but that may be a story for another day. Newfound fans of Mr. Cooper will get to see him this September when he stars opposite Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy “All About Steve.”
It’s been the best and the worst of times for Neeson. Professionally, he struck the biggest leading man hit of his career with the thriller “Taken,” and followed with roles in the drama “Chloe” and the remake of “Clash of the Titans” where he plays Zeus. Personally, the tragic accidental death of his wife Natasha Richardson four months ago seems to be driving Neeson into his work.
Production of “The A-Team” will begin this August. Fox plans on releasing the potential franchise maker June 11, 2010.