Today we have a double whammy of new items from the upcoming movie version of the classic 80s TV series, The A-Team. They are a new piece of casting news (don't worry, none of the already announced actors have been replaced!) and our very first look at the famous A-Team black-with-red-stripe-van.
First up, let's take a look at the new A-Team van, by way of a photo from the set (from SplashNews) where the movie is currently filming in Vancouver. Die hard fans of the original series will be pleased to know that the new van isn't all that different from the original (I mean generally - I suspect die hards will nitpick...), which I don't think is much a problem since that was one of the less cheesier things from the series. It can easily be transferred almost identically to the 21st century movie update and work just as well. Take a look for yourself:
For the rest of the images (in which those with a keen eye or amazing photoshop skills may be able to work out if any of the primary cast are driving it) you can head over to SplashNews.
Now onto the casting news:
We've already learned who will replace the original actors in their respective roles: Liam Neeson is Hannibal, Bradley Cooper (from this summer's smash comedy hit, The Hangover) is Faceman, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (the UFC fighter) is B.A. Baracus and lastly, Sharlto Copley (from this summer's awesome District 9) is Murdock. Along with Copley's news the other day, it was also reported that Jessica Biel is starring in the movie as an army general and ex-lover of Cooper's Faceman.
And now it seems (thanks to Entertainment Weekly) that Watchmen star, Patrick Wilson, will be joining The A-Team cast as some sort of CIA operative. It's currently unknown if he will be helping or hindering the Team. Either way I'm always glad to see Wilson get more acting work: I personally think he's adynamite acting talent to watch out for (if you've seen the both fantastic Little Children and/or Hard Candy, you'll know what I mean).
In The A-Team, Neeson, Cooper, Jackson and Copley will play a group of Iraq war veterans (changed from Vietnam to place it present-day) who are trying to clear their names with the U.S. military which suspects the four men of committing a crime which they were actually framed for. The tone is being described as, "less silly and more slick." Good news? It is being directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, Narc) and written by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Skip Woods.
What do you think of the Team's new van? What about the Wilson casting news?
The A-Team is scheduled to hit theaters on June 11th, 2010.