Oh Yes, There Will Be a 'Rampage' on Carnahan's A-Team
by Ethan Anderton
September 9, 2009
It looks like the fighting arena just might be the new hot spot for fresh talent. First we had news of MMA fighter Gina Carano leading a Steven Soderbergh picture, and now THR reports that UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has stepped up to fill the role of B.A. Baracus (a role made iconic by Mr. T) in the upcoming big screen adaptation of The A-Team. Before today's official news, rappers-turned-actors like The Game and Common were rumored to fill the role, but it looks like Baracus needed a bit more muscle. Jackson joins the already confirmed Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in the movie, which is shooting now.
This Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, Pride and Glory) directed adaptation of the 1980's TV show is about a group of ex-Army Special Forces who work as soldiers while being on the run from the military for a crime they didn't commit. Baracus is described as a highly skilled but ill-tempered mechanic who preferred milk over alcohol, loved to fight but was afraid to fly, and spouted catchphrases. This apparently made the role one of the most difficult to cast (really?), but there are plenty of other key roles left to fill. It remains to be seen if this role can make "Rampage" Jackson as big a household name as it made Mr. T back in the 80's.