Back in January it was announced that Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces) had signed on to replace John Singleton as the director The A-Team movie, with both Ridley Scott and Tony Scott producing. Since then we haven’t heard much more about the project, but with the movie scheduled to go before cameras this August, we can probably expect a flurry of casting updates over the next few weeks.
The first casting rumour to be pretty much confirmed is Bradley Cooper, fresh off his role in The Hangover, who is in talks to star as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck. A-Team fans will remember that Face (who was played by Dirk Benedict in the TV series) was a smooth-talking master of disguise — sounds like a perfect role for Cooper.
The other role that is currently being locked down right now is the team leader, cigar chomping Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (played by George Peppard originally). According to Variety, Liam Neeson is in negotiations with 20th Century Fox for the part. Neeson has starred in plenty of action movies over the years (Darkman, Rob Roy, Batman Begins) but ever since the success of Taken, it seems that he has now become a bankable star in the genre. What do you think about these two casting announcements? Who would you like to see play Murdock and B.A. Baracus?