There's been a lot of casting rumors flying around about the upcoming A-Team movie. The only two castings that have been confirmed so far are Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper (playing Hannibal and Faceman, respectively). But probably the biggest role of interest (and the source of most of the A-Team rumors), is that of B.A. Baracus, the character made famous in the The A-Team tv show by Mr. T.
For some bizarre reason unknown to me (and I'm sure everyone else on the face of the Earth), rappers have been the rumored candidates to play B.A. (Ice Cube and Common were notable ones that turned out to be false).
Sadly, the rapper/B.A. Baracus rumors continue...
Blackfilm is reporting as an exclusive from, "a very highly reliable source in the entertainment industry," that the rapper known as The Game is currently being considered for the role of B.A. Baracus. There's no details on his consideration other than, well, he's being considered. But it can be speculated that they're looking for another notable rap figure to fill the spot after Common signed on to the Queen Latifah sports film Just Right, which clashed with The A-Team shooting schedule.
The Game is, of course, a 29 year old Grammy-nominated rapper who made his feature film debut opposite fellow rapper-turned-actor Tyrese Gibson in Waist Deep. Ironically, he also appeared (albeit in a small role) alongside former B.A. Baracus candidate Common in Street Kings last year. I must confess I've not seen either of those movies, but I've been told that The Game basically played himself in both (I dread to think that would be the case with the B.A. role if he were to get it).
Is it fair to bash The Game without him having a real chance to prove himself onscreen? Maybe it's not fair to attack him personally (he may be the next Robert De Niro, who knows), but we can question the general idea of having a rapper play Mr. T's legendary role. Is there some special quality a rapper has that screams "This is the new B.A Baracus!" to the studio? Or are they just trying to snag the rap demographic?
I am cautiously looking forward to The A-Team movie, especially since they cast Neeson and Cooper (the latter was awesome in The Hangover recently). I just hope this new rapper casting "news" turns out to be false, and they get someone completely different for the role (hint: not a rapper!).
What do you think of The Game being a candidate to play B.A. Baracus in The A-Team movie?
The A-Team is slated for a June 11th, 2010 release.