It looks like Joe Carnahan’s film version of The A-Team is finally coming together.
20th Century Fox is currently in negotiations with Liam Neeson and rising star Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) to star in the film as John “Hannibal” Smith and Templeton “Faceman” Peck respectively.
The long-gestating A-Team film has been in development for almost a decade and names previously considered for the role of Hannibal over the years have included Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson and George Clooney. However, out-of-left-field choice Liam Nesson is now on a roll after coming off the sleeper action hit Taken (which grossed $221 million worldwide) as well as signing on to play Zeus in the Greek epic Clash of The Titans.
Bradley Cooper, on the other hand, is the current favorite to star as Faceman in The A-Team. And, with The Hangover receiving great reviews and snagging a strong box office take, it looks like Cooper is in a position to negotiate a pretty good deal for himself.
The A-Team (which is based on a 1980’s TV series) are “a crack commando unit sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.”
The team is compromised of four members – the aforementioned Hannibal (the leader), lady-killer Faceman, as well as “Howling Mad” Murdock and B.A. Baracus. The roles were originally played by George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz and, of course, Mr T.
Casting for the film is currently underway (duh), with principal filming scheduled to start in August. While Nesson and Cooper aren’t firm locks yet, expect the studio to announce their attachment soon.
The A-Team will be produced by Tony and Ridley Scott and is scheduled for release on June 11, 2010.
Sources: Variety and The Hollywood Reporter