The A-Team cast has now been revealed. Though some of the A-Team cast may seem odd, it could also be a set of brilliant moves by the producers of the film. The A-Team is set for a June 2010 release, and they seem to be pushing that a bit, as they haven’t filmed a majority of the film as of yet. Production is under way in Vancouver where much of the film will be made, and they just announced additional cast members that are expected to flush out some of the ideas behind the new film. The A-Team seems like it could be interesting on paper, but with so many bad films that came from television shows recently, I am going to have to hold my breathe on this one for now.
The cast of The A-Team begins with the leader of the group, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith. They have brought in Liam Neeson to play the part, and right off the bat I have questions about this decision. For people who watched the original television show, the original actor brought a lot of humor to the role, and his sly sense of humor added a lot to each episode. I am not convinced that Neeson can pull off those under-tones, and that this could lead to more of a straight-up action movie rather than an action-comedy. It’s important too, because everything will need to revolve around the Hannibal character to make the story really work.
Next to Neeson is going to be Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Face” Peck, Sharlto Copley as H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdoch, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Baracas.
Bradley Cooper recently made a name for himself in The Hangover, and is easily recognizable in this role of a suave guy. Copley was just in District 9 as the lead character of the film, and Rampage Jackson is best known for his work as a fighter. None of the casting choices seem to be obvious ones, but in their screen tests there must have been something there that we fans just haven’t come to grips with yet. This cast seems very suspect in my opinion, and maybe it is because the television show was such a cult classic, but it’s hard to wrap my mind around the selections.
The A-Team is being given good treatment in how much money they are planning to spend on production, but it will be interesting to see if this group of actors can really sell the film to a new generation of movie-goers. To help with the cause, they have also brought in Jessica Biel to take on a supporting role, as well as Patrick Wilson (from Watchmen) to play another role. Will viewers turn out to watch this one on the big screen? I think it’s all going to depend on how well they market the film, and how good the first trailer turns out to be.
Source: EW Casting Announcement