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 â€œFacemanâ€ Peck (who was played by Dirk Benedict in the TV series) and Liam Neeson as Col. John â€œHannibalâ€ 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.