Bradley Cooper is Faceman, Liam Neeson is Hannibal in A-Team Movie

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As reported last month, Bradley Cooper, who just scored big with the bromance comedy “The Hangover” this weekend, has been officially confirmed by the trades as stepping up to the role of Faceman in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of “The A-Team”. The role was originally played by Dirk Benedict in the 1980s TV show of the same name, which was about a group of framed military commandos on the run from the military; they spent their time doing jobs for people in trouble, usually with lots of firepower that, incredibly, never seems to kill anyone.

Meanwhile, Liam Neeson, coming off his surprise hit “Taken”, will be assaying the role of the team’s brilliant leader, Hannibal, originally played by George Peppard in the original TV show. Fanboys had been hoping for Bruce Willis since the movie was announced, but that wasn’t to be. Both Neeson and Cooper are currently in negotiations to join the movie, but it’s probably a pretty sure bet that they’re in. Trades always use the “in negotiations” phrase to CYA.

Variety says Cooper’s and Neeson’s casting marks the first real concrete move for the movie, set to be directed by Joe Carnahan (“Smokin’ Aces”), who recently took over for the departed John Singleton. Still to be cast: big black guy B.A. Baracus and crazy white guy Howling Mad Murdock.

The film, scheduled for June 2010, was written by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (“Wanted”), and is being produced by the brothers Scott, Ridley and Tony.

Below: The originals with their big-screen counterparts.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Liam Neeson wouldn’t have been my frist choice but he’s a great actor and has some decent action roles. I still would’ve picked Tommy Lee Jones, or Harrison Ford. As for Cooper as Face, I can dig it. I still think Ving Rhames or Ice Cube should play B.A. Baracus, COmmon, though a good actor doesn’t have the intensity for me.

    • skoda

      personally i think ving would be a excellent choice for B.A. and cooper seems ok for face but i think some 1 like jim carrey should play murdock and george clooney for hanibal just my opinion anyway

  • Dedpool378

    Liam Neeson wouldn’t have been my frist choice but he’s a great actor and has some decent action roles. I still would’ve picked Tommy Lee Jones, or Harrison Ford. As for Cooper as Face, I can dig it. I still think Ving Rhames or Ice Cube should play B.A. Baracus, COmmon, though a good actor doesn’t have the intensity for me.

    • skoda

      personally i think ving would be a excellent choice for B.A. and cooper seems ok for face but i think some 1 like jim carrey should play murdock and george clooney for hanibal just my opinion anyway

  • BX170

    Damn! no Bruce Willis. Now i don’t them to make this movie……Unless they Jim Carrey & Ice Cube to fill the other parts.

  • BX170

    Damn! no Bruce Willis. Now i don’t them to make this movie……Unless they Jim Carrey & Ice Cube to fill the other parts.

  • csm10166

    I think that these are solid choices. Bradley Cooper was really funny Hangover and anything Liam Neeson is in is always great. As far as the other two go I think Tyreese Gibson would fit in better with the other two actors than Ice Cube. I want to throw something out there and I’m just curioius to hear other’s thoughts. What about Dane Cook as Howling Mad Murdock? Just a thought I had the other day.LMK your thoughts!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Tyrese isn’t a bad choice at all. He can do action with humor. As for Dane Cook, ugh, no. SOrry Can’t stand him. DOn’t think he’s that funny. I would actualy prefer almost anyone but him.

  • csm10166

    I think that these are solid choices. Bradley Cooper was really funny Hangover and anything Liam Neeson is in is always great. As far as the other two go I think Tyreese Gibson would fit in better with the other two actors than Ice Cube. I want to throw something out there and I’m just curioius to hear other’s thoughts. What about Dane Cook as Howling Mad Murdock? Just a thought I had the other day.LMK your thoughts!

    • Dedpool3678

      Tyrese isn’t a bad choice at all. He can do action with humor. As for Dane Cook, ugh, no. SOrry Can’t stand him. DOn’t think he’s that funny. I would actualy prefer almost anyone but him.

  • Melyssa

    Cool! I really like Liam Neeson! I don’t know much about the other guy though.

    I love that they’re doing ‘The A-Team’. I just hope they don’t screw it up. Some of these classic tv show remakes were horrible. Miami Vice or Dukes of Hazzard anyone?!

  • Melyssa

    Cool! I really like Liam Neeson! I don’t know much about the other guy though.

    I love that they’re doing ‘The A-Team’. I just hope they don’t screw it up. Some of these classic tv show remakes were horrible. Miami Vice or Dukes of Hazzard anyone?!

  • starwarsfan

    Ewan Macgregor would would have made an excellent choice for Face and it would be good to see he and Liam work together again.

    Too bad he had prior commitments.

  • starwarsfan

    Ewan Macgregor would would have made an excellent choice for Face and it would be good to see he and Liam work together again.

    Too bad he had prior commitments.