A-Team Casting: Bradley Cooper as Face, Liam Neeson as Hannibal


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?

  • Sly

    so far nice casting

    due to the costs it would be near impossible but Jim Carrey would be a great Murdock and the black wrestler Elijah Burke could be B.A. Baracus. Mike Tyson would be another option…..

  • Bill

    The person that made the last post is clearly retarded, and has no taste in movies whatsoever.

  • Sly

    wtf? Did I offend an A-Team fanboy? Or a Mr.T worshipper? LOL

    retarded greetings from the mental institution

  • Bob The Slob

    no one can play B.A. Baracus…NO ONE…only Mr. T…Im not a big fan of the show, but without Mr.T what is the point.

  • mike

    i was still holding out for bruce willis to be in this movie, but i guess its not gonna happen. but since its the smokin aces director maybe we’ll see Jeremy Piven in there somewhere.

  • mike

    i know the rock’s not black but….maybe?

  • Big Hungry

    I might be interested in this movie now. So why is that? Maybe because I always thought it would be super cheesy and Liam makes this sans cheese. I think Mr T will be an issue and I think if they try to do Mr T as he was it will not work. Do not get me wrong cheesy movies can work I just would not want to see this done cheesy.

  • Big Hungry

    Maybe Michael Clarke Duncan as Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus, but he would really need some quick attitude to him.

  • inge

    YEAH he would be great !!! the same frown haha… love him…

  • Matt

    This is a great role for Bradley Cooper and as far as Liam Neeson being apart of this film, I’m not really sure what he can bring. We will have to wait and see.

  • Brad

    Maybe Hannibal should be George Clooney, but I think Liam Neeson will be great, Michael Clarke Duncan is a must, Jim Carey and Bradley Cooper I’m sure are perfect.

  • Mark

    I feel that Mike Tyson would be GREAT as BA Baracus!!


  • Wes

    So far so good on the cast rumours but BA- Vinnie Jones. He can bite ears off as well!

  • Ally

    I think Bradley Cooper was made for the role of Peck. Not only does he have the acting skills to support such a role, but he has the look down pat. Can’t wait to see how he does with it.

  • Dom

    Terry Crews as BA
    Jim Carrey as Hannibal

  • Maopheus

    The problem with casting BA is that BA is Mr. T and Mr. T is BA. The two are the same and Mr. T never really “played” BA like a traditional actor. It may be a lost cause to try to cast someone to imitate Mr. T playing BA. I think they should go in a totally different direction with BA.

  • Ozzy

    A few years back when speculation of a movie came about…I kind of liked the idea of Ving Rames as B.A.

    And as far as Murdock…I think Steve Bucemi would be incredible…

  • Ozzy

    My bad…it is spelled Rhames…

  • Tina

    I think Liam is a great choice for Hannibal, but I think Michael Weatherly of NCIS is a better choice for the Faceman. BA….i dont know, but Jim Carrey should totally play Murdock!

  • Allope

    Michael Clarke Duncan as Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus would make sense as they have similar builds. Neeson as Hanibal I am not so sure of but Bradley Cooper does have a slight similarity to Dirk Benedict. It will be interesting to see how it does. Of course for those of us who grew up with the original it will never be the same.

  • Robert

    The rock is half black and half samoan.

  • Ali

    Mark Harmon of NCIS fame (Gibbs) would be PERFECT for Hannibal. He may not have the personality in that show, but he defiantly has the perfect look.

    Mark Harmon for Hannibal! I know the casting is done… but I can still hope for the change!

  • Ron

    Final Word. It would cost too much but they should have gone with:

    Hannibal – Bruce Willis
    Face – Brad Pitt
    B.A. – Micheal Clark Duncan, Ice Cube, or Ving Ehames
    Murdoch – Jim Carrey