Earlier this evening, it was confirmed that Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) is in talks to play Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck in the Joe Carnahan-directed The A-Team, and now, Variety has broken the news that Liam Neeson (Taken) is in negotiations to play John “Hannibal” Smith!
20th Century Fox is planning a late August production start for the June 11, 2010 release based on the 1980s TV series.
Ridley Scott is producing with Jules Daly and series creator Stephen J. Cannell, with Tony Scott executive producing through Scott Free. Carnahan and Brian Bloom polished a script by Skip Woods.
The role of Hannibal was originated by George Peppard, while Faceman was played by Dirk Benedict.
Cooper has established himself as a commodity after his starring role in Todd Phillips-directed hit “The Hangover.” He just completed playing the title role opposite Sandra Bullock in “All About Steve.”
Still to be cast are the roles of Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock, played by Dwight Schultz in the original, and Sgt. “B.A.” Baracus, the role that made Mr. T an ’80s icon.