A few weeks ago we heard rumors that The Hangover star Bradley Cooper was in talks to star as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck in the upcoming feature adaptation of the 1980′s TV series, The A-Team. His casting seemed somewhat plausible, but for the most part people dusted it off as pure speculation. Now here’s some news that will really throw you for a loop, according to Variety Liam Neeson is in talks to star in the film as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith!
If you’re like me Neeson’s casting is completely out of left field. The article goes on to confirm that Bradley Cooper is indeed negotiating to star as “Faceman” a role originated by Dirk Benedict. As far as the story goes it looks as if director Joe Carnahan and producer Ridley Scott are sticking with the outline from the show. Four war vets wrongly accused of a crime, go into hiding, and turn into guns for hire to make ends meet. Even though their sticking with the same story it will have a different vibe. The vision for this A-Team will be closer to Mission: Impossible or Ocean’s Eleven.
The A-Team is set for a June 11, 2010 release, with production beginning late this summer. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I absolutely adore Liam Neeson, and I think he could act in anything. Yet, I’ve never thought of him as someone who would do an adaptation of a campy eighties TV series. I can understand that they’re going for a more serious tone, but I don’t trust it. The screenplay was “polished” by Carnahan and Brian Bloom, but it was written in it’s entirety by Skip Woods. That’s the same guy who penned the script’s for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and X-Men Origins: Wolverine! That’s one film that looks bad, and another film I know is bad.
What do you think of Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper being cast as Hannibal and Faceman in The A-Team?