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.