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The A-Team Gets Its Face-Man

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 9, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 9, 2009 |

Now that The Hangover has made Bradley Cooper one of the most viable stars in Hollywood, he’s starting to gravitate to more high profile roles (you can be he’ll get a franchise soon, too). Having already completed a romantic-comedy with Sandra Bullock (All About Steve) as part of his rite of passage into the A-list, Mr. Cooper is now negotiating to star in what’s shaping up to be quite possibly a much better movie than it was a TV show: The A-Team.

Originally, John Singleton was attached to direct, and rumors suggested that Ice Cube would take over the B.A. Baracus role, and we’d get probably a lame action-comedy blend, a cross between Singleton’s 2 Fast 2 Furious and Ice Cube’s bad family comedies (Are We Done Yet?). However, Singleton dropped out, and the reigns were handed over to the more suitable Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces), who it would seem would give us a more gritty version of the movie with a slight undercurrent of black humor.

Bradley Cooper’s casting as Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck, by itself, doesn’t guarantee any such thing. Cooper is still best known for his comedic roles, although we know from “Alias” that he’s capable of doing action. However, the combination of Bradley Cooper, Joe Carnahan, and … Liam Neeson, who is in negotiations to play Hannibal, suggests that this A-Team will be a more serious action flick.

And I’m happy with that. Now, they need to just stay away from the more obvious comedic actors to play Murdock, and instead, look more into that character’s psychosis, which itself can be a source of darker humor. I’m thinking: Sam Rockwell. As for B.A. Baracus, I like the currently rumored choice, Common, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ving Rhames.

Neeson is actually a great call; he was actually pretty great in Taken. And he’s suddenly a very popular action hero. In fact, over the last few weeks, I’ve met at least four people who, upon hearing that I reviewed movies, all asked me first what I thought of Taken. It was very generic, but Neeson elevated it quite well.

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