Liam Neeson to star in A-Team movie

liam_neesonLiam 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.

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  1. Jo-Anne • June 10, 2009 @ 9:03 AM

    I wasn’t an A-Team fan, however really enjoy Neeson’s acting, so would probably check this out…

  2. bubbles • June 10, 2009 @ 11:49 AM

    Jim Carrey is a much better fit for Face – and BA can’t be replaced – Mr.T or go home.

  3. tributegirl • June 10, 2009 @ 2:17 PM

    Same here, Jo-anne, I’ve always loved Liam Neeson, never had any interest in the A-team, but will likely check this out because he’s in it. Glad to see he’s able to move on, I hope they are all doing well.

  4. Carol • June 10, 2009 @ 5:53 PM

    I read in a recent mag today that he is ensuring he and his boys spend a lot of time together and with friends. It sounds like they have a lot of support and they are using that, which they should. He took them to Britain to visit family for a bit. Good that he is moving on. I think he’s got his priorities in the right place. I loved him in Love Actually.

  5. tributegirl • June 10, 2009 @ 8:07 PM

    Carol, I saw that movie as well, and loved him in it.

  6. Carol • June 10, 2009 @ 8:27 PM

    and he has one that just came out in video, can’t think of the name of it, but his daughter and a friend get kidnapped from what I hear, they are vacationing outside of the USA and he specializes in such things in the USA and has to go look for her. I heard the ending is a bit slow but the movie was really good overall.

  7. Nancy • June 10, 2009 @ 8:30 PM

    That movie is called Taken, Carol. I bought it the first day it came out on dvd because I watched the trailer here on Tribute and it just looked like my kind of movie…it was a great movie. Some of the action scenes were at night though so they were dark. I don’t like that.

  8. Rob • June 11, 2009 @ 7:43 PM

    Ving Rhames as B.A.
    Martin Sheen would make a better Hannibal.
    Jim Carrey might work as Murdock.
    Bradley Cooper will make an excellent Faceman.

    Those are my picks for the new A-Team. I hope they can do it justice, instead of ruining a good show with a crappy movie.

  9. Carol • June 11, 2009 @ 9:30 PM

    did you hear today that Simon Cowell wants to remake Greese? Ugh. Not enough new creative ideas, they have to remake classics and ruin them.
    Taken, that’s it, Thanks Nance. I have to see it.

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