Buzz circulating around the Internet has linked Irish actor Liam Neeson with the movie remake of the classic television show “The A-Team.”
According to Variety Magazine, Neeson is rumored to be in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to play the role of Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, the leader of the do-good mercenaries.
Bradley Cooper, best known for his comedic roles in “Wedding Crashers” and current box office hit “The Hangover,” has also been linked to the movie, playing Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.
Northern Ireland native Neeson jumped into the spotlight recently with the success of his latest movie “Taken.” The rumors of his role in “The A-Team” follows a string of movies that Neeson has signed onto this year, including “After Life,” “What’s Wrong With Virginia” and a remake of the 80s classic “Clash of the Titans.”
British director and producer Ridley Scott is working with the original “A-Team” series creator Stephen Cannell on the film, but is looking to make the movie less comedic and more action packed than the original show.
Joe Carnahan, best known for directing the 2006 movie “Smoking Aces,” has agreed to direct the movie and production will begin in late August.
“The A-Team” was on NBC from 1983 to 1987 and became a cult classic for its over-the-top action scenes and its cartoonish characters, including Sgt. B.A. Baracus, played by Mr. T.
Early reports say the movie premise will be updated from four Vietnam veterans to Gulf War veterans who become the “heroes for hire.”
“The A-Team” is hoping to be in theaters by the 2010 summer blockbuster season.