B.A. Baracus Cast for A-Team Movie

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Freeze! Peace officers! Aw yeah, that’s right, the role originally inhabited by the always entertaining Mr. T. has now been cast for the upcoming reimagining of the classic ’80s TV series The A-Team. The one to take on the role of Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus will be none other than the UFC Fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who truly fits the part. He’s got the muscles, the attitude and likes to wear big heavy chains… all he’s missing is the mohawk and he could pass for Mr. T.’s own son.

Apparently Jackson nabbed the role right in front of bigger stars such as The Game, Ice Cube and Tyrese Gibson, who all were interested, but just didn’t have the charm and charisma that Jackson is being reported as showing. He joins the film as the third certain lock in a cast which will also contain Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck (who was played by Dirk Benedict in the TV series) and Liam Neeson as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (played by George Peppard originally). The last A-Teamer, the role of “Howling Mad” Murdock, has yet to be cast.

How Jackson will fare in the acting business, I’m not entirely sure, but judging on previous ventures into acting by UFC fighters, well, I’m not too convinced that he’ll do a very good job, charismatic or not. Then again, how well do you need to act to pull off B.A. Baracus?

The A-Team will be directed by Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan and will have Tony and Ridley Scott as producers. The movie will be less campy than the original show, and remind more of movies such as Mission Impossible and Ocean’s Eleven. Story will revolve around four war veterans convicted of armed robbery who breakes out of army prison to become do-gooder mercenaries. Like it or not, it probably is a good idea to not try and replicate the original show too much. I doubt that they’ll be able to capture the magic of the show with this movie, but it’s a 50/50, it could turn out better than one might think.

Update: Jackson’s publicist has since denied the story, which originated from the UK tabloid The Sun.



  • BigHungry

    I pity the fool, who tries to fill Mr. T shoes.

  • Maopheus

    I think he’ll be as good as anyone if not better. Mr. T had legit tough guy cred with his boxing background and his Toughman TV runs so it makes sense to pick a legit real-life tough guy like Rampage. The only problem with Rampage may be teaching him how to movie fight as opposed to real fight. He’ll have to pull punches and do things a lot more dramatically. That’s always been a problem with real fighters and martial artists who do movies and have to dumb down or alter their style to make it work for a movie.

  • Ian

    Man Murdock will be key. This sounds like it’s shaping up to be a fun one.

  • Maopheus

    The obvious choice would be pick one of the funny men du jour. But I think that going in line with the more serious tone of the movie, they should pick someone who can channel a darker mood for Murdock and make you think he really is insane as opposed to the “is he faking it or not” theme that ran throughout the show.

  • monty

    Johnney knoxville or the guy from hot rod and saturday night live cant remember his name.

  • Why not just get Mr. T himself? He still looks pretty young, and he could certainly use the work. He’d probably come pretty cheap too, at this point.

  • As long as they can keep him from killing any more babies and out of jail long enough to film his scenes, he should do fine.

    I pitty the fool that gets run over by Rampage Jackson!

  • Swarez

    Looking at some interviews with him he seems like a charismatic guy. But one wonders if they will make him copy Mr.T or let him come up with something himself. I’m sure it will be the later.

  • WrongMovieMike

    More important… who will play Amy Allen?
    I say Amy Adams, to confuse the hell out of everybody.

  • Maopheus

    Why not just have Amy Adams play herself? She could play a weird version of herself, someone who likes to hang out with four military fugitives.

  • Sean, what happened to your writing in the last paragraph?

  • The post was written by our newest contributor Kasper, but I accidentally put a “more” tag before that last paragraph. Oops. Thanks for noticing.

  • Big Hungry

    @WrongMovieMike
    Amy Allen or should we say “Triple A” – Amy Amanda Allen. my vote goes for… drum role…. Keira Knightley!

    Also who will play Murdock? and should they be as nuts and crazy as he was on the show. That never worked for me back in the day.

  • Jenni

    I’m beginning to have my doubts about the movie. When this latest version was announced, I had high hopes because it no longer sounded like “Rambo 4000plus” – but with the casting decisions, I’m wondering if they’re forgetting the chemistry between the characters (not necessarily the actors, but the characters). I’m quite disappointed with the choices for Hannibal and Face, frankly.

  • My friend Ronnie and I are big fans of the “A Team” and watch it all the time. We have been talking about a movie of the “A Team” for the past 5 years. So here goes – this should be the cast:
    Hannibal Smith – Bruce Willis
    B.A. Baracus – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
    Templeton Peck – Mark Paul Gossler (saved by the bell)
    H.M. Murdock – Jim Carey
    Amy Allen – Jennifer Aniston
    Tonya Baker – Angelina Jolie
    Colonel Decker – Tommy Lee Jones
    General Stockwell – Jack Nicholson
    Frankie Santana – Mario Lopez
    Colonel Lynch – Tom Hanks

    We have seen every episode in all 5 seasons and we believe and know that anyone reading this will agree, that this would be the ultimate cast and would make a great movie – box office hit for sure.We would love to hear what you all think about this cast.

  • I am very dissapointed with the choice for Liam Nelson to play Hannible… whose the casting director? Come on..get G. Clooney to fill those shoes. The characters are very inportant to the chemistry of making A Team work…..

  • Me!

    Okay, so where do I begin???

    Uuuuh, dude looks nothing like Mr. T. I am not arguing his being chosen for the part because I know nothing about him. I just disagree that he looks like Mr. T. Sounds like a case of a white person thinking that all Black people look alike.

    Liam Neeson for Hannibal? WHO on earth made THAT decision? But then again, I said the same thing when I heard that RDJ was going to play Ironman.

    Someone said that Murdock will be key. I second that motion. He was my favorite character. I loved him so much that I gave myself Murdock as a nickname. Someone else said Johnny Knoxville should play him. I LOVE that idea. Please stay away from the “obvious” Jim Carrey. I don’t think he’d do the character justice.

    You know what: thinking about 12 Monkeys, I’d say Brad Pitt might do a good Murdock. Heck, let’s go for it and cast George Clooney as Hannibal, Brad Pitt as Murdock, Matt Damon as Face (or Andy Garcia, cuz he’s waaaay cuter!)and Don Cheadle– well, we’d have to go away from “Ocean” and make Ving Rhames B.A. On second thought, Don Cheadle could put a new spin on the character. hee hee hee

  • Me!

    Shoot! I see now that someone beat me to the punch on George clooney as Hannibal. Oh well.

  • no one can take the the place of mr T at all not everyone mr T himself is the best not quinton jackson he is not mr T at all he not got everything mr T his got mr t got all his fans around him and big star in rocky he his not quinton he not done no movies at all he is not B A baracus just get the real Ba baracus right now my name is malky

  • the a team movie is gonna rock if you smell what the rock is cookin jabroni .

  • to all the geeks blasting the a team movie it, s gonna be great so know your role and thats the bottom line cause stone cold said so.

  • the new cast will do good 4 stars out of 5 stars.the original cast can never be duplicated george peppard, mr.t,dirk benedict,dwight schultz 5 stars out of 5. as Rick flair says to be the a team you have to catch the a team WoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooH.

  • a team movie is almost here every one needs to get pumped up can you did it fool.

  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is the MAN…he makes Mr T look like a girls blouse! Do you dig it..!