Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper Confirmed for The A-Team
by Alex Billington
June 9, 2009
We keep hearing rumors off and on about who might be in The A-Team movie, but now we finally have some official casting. Liam Neeson is in negotiations to play Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, the leader of the group, while The Hangover's Bradley Cooper is in early talks to play Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck. We previously heard a rumor about Cooper being in the role a month or so ago, so it's good to see him get confirmed. As for Neeson, that's quite a big name that I definitely wasn't expecting, but there's a reason for that. Instead of going campy again, this will have a tone closer to Mission: Impossible and Ocean's Eleven.
Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan is directing from a screenplay written most recently by Skip Woods (Hitman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) that was polished by Carnahan and his actor friend Brian Bloom. Ridley Scott is producing with Jules Daly and series creator Stephen J. Cannell for 20th Century Fox. Production begins in late August for a June 11th, 2010 release. Actors for Capt. "Howling Mad" Murdock and and Sgt. "B.A." Baracus haven't been officially announced, although Woody Harrelson and Common were rumored for each role, respectively. Could this turn out much more badass than we were expecting?