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June 9, 2009
POP CULTURE: When A Plan Comes Together

Well, we all have our ways of moving on from tragedy in our lives. If you're Liam Neeson, that entails....assembling the A-Team!

Liam Neeson is in talks with movie bosses to star in the upcoming big screen version of The A Team.

The Schindler's List actor has reportedly been lined up to play John 'Hannibal' Smith, the role made famous by George Peppard in the hit 1980s television show.

He is currently in negotiations with 20th Century Fox and producers Tony and Ridley Scott to appear in the movie about four war veterans who escape from a prison to become vigilantes.

The Hangover star Bradley Cooper was recently rumoured to be taking on the role of Lieutenant Templeton 'Faceman' Peck, originally played by Dirk Benedict, but he has since denied the claims.

The roles of Captain 'Howling Mad' Murdock and Sergeant 'BA' Baracus have yet to be cast, but rapper-turned-actor Common is rumoured to be in the running for Mr.T's iconic role.

Production for the film is due to begin in late August for release next year, according to Daily Variety.

I pity the fool who's not excited about this. There's actually a good deal to be said for remaking something that was cheesy at the time and is now terribly dated; there's a lot more freedom. Of course, it could still be awful, as most Hollywood rehashes are. As for Neeson, well, I hope it's a fun movie to make, he could use that.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:32 PM | Pop Culture | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

The *obvious* choice for HM Murdock is Jim Carrey...but not sure he'd accept a lesser role like that. Liam Neeson as Hannibal? Meh. Surely they could do better than that. Too serious.

Posted by: bs at June 9, 2009 8:21 PM

What's interesting about Neeson, is that Schindler's list got him notice as a serious actor, but a lot of his career has had him in comic book roles: Dark Man, Batman Begins.

Here's another comic book role. It would seem that he enjoys them.

Posted by: soccer dad at June 10, 2009 10:10 AM

The premise lends itself to a pretty decent, lighthearted action film, as long as they don't try to hard to make a self-conscious spoof of the original show (in particular, they should avoid trying to mock the beyond-mockery Mr. T).

Posted by: Jerry at June 10, 2009 10:42 AM

And the role of B.A. Baracus will be played by...
You guessed it, Frank Stallone.

Posted by: Mark D at June 10, 2009 12:01 PM

I don't think there's a snowball's chance, but the best actor I can think of for Face is Will Smith. He's got the perfect blend of clever and cheesey to pull it off. Hey if Starbuck can be a girl....why not?

Posted by: Watchman at June 10, 2009 4:11 PM

I can't see watching this. The original actors made it a good show to watch. I don't see that being replicated by Hollywood. The Dukes of Hazard had that quality as well, and I didn't see that movie either.

Then again, if I had to choose between watching the A-Team or a movie with the word "wedding" in the title, I'd choose the A-Team hands down.

Posted by: MVH at June 11, 2009 4:00 PM
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