Liam Neeson is in negotiations to play Col. John “Hannibal” Smith in the 20th Century Fox big screen version of the 1980’s television show, The A-Team. The role was played in the series by the late George Peppard. This will be Neeson’s first role since the tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson. Bradley Cooper (who can currently be seen in the top box office draw The Hangover) is in talks to play Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, the role originated by Dirk Benedict in the series, which ran for five seasons on NBC. Still to be cast are the roles of Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock, originally played by Dwight Schultz and Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus, made famous by Mr. T and his trademark “I pity the fool” catch phrase. Though the series — about four war vets wrongly convicted of armed robbery who escape from a military prison and become do-gooder mercenaries — was done in a campy style, the big screen version will take on a more serious tone, similar to that of Mission: Impossible and Ocean’s Eleven, according to Variety. Production is set to begin this August for a June 2010 release.