The A-Team has come together!
Well, almost. Last week, BlackFilm.com broke the news that District 9 star, Sharlto Copley, had been offered the role of the fourth and final character yet to be cast in The A-Team movie.
If true, that could mean Copley would play H.M “Howling Mad” Murdock alongside MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Baracus, Liam Neeson as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck.
Now comes confirmation that Copley is in fact close to acquiring his second major film acting gig, and also joining the cast could be the beautiful Jessica Biel!
According to THR, Sharlto Copley is in final negotiations to bring Murdock to the silver screen and joining him could be Jessica Biel who's also reportedly in final negotiations.
The character of "Howling Mad" Murdock was The A-Team's craziest member and an ace chopper pilot. He's officially mentally unstable and suffers from delusions and other mental ailments, but unofficially he's the funniest and most over-the-top character of the show - so much so, that originally the producers behind the show wanted to get rid of him but his popularity solidified his position on the team.
In the show, he stayed a psychiatric hospital but escaped regularly to join the team on their adventures where he got to showcase all the facets of his mental issues. Those of course included his love of cartoon characters, hallucinations, his caring for his invisible dog, a little memory loss and many more we'll probably see on screen in the adaptation.
With that said, Copley is perfect for the role as a master of improv - something that helped him a ton while filming District 9 and what helped director Neill Blomkamp pick him.
Moving on to the next possible addition to the cast - we have Jessica Biel. She's in negotiations for the role of an army general and ex-lover of Bradley Cooper's character, Faceman. Yeap, an army general - don't expect realism from the movie, it's more of a fun thing, I'm sure you understand... you "crazy fool!"
So, it looks like we're very close to finalizing the The A-Team which is set to start principal photography this fall in Vancouver.
What do you think of the casting decisions?
The A-Team is to be directed by Joe Carnahan and hits theaters June 11, 2010.