The A-Team.

A Team

When I was a kid, few shows rocked my world like The A-Team did. Who didn’t like the clever bunch of whimsical rogues on the run from the government over a false accusation? Who didn’t love it when a plan came together under the leadership of Hannibal? Or the smooth talking ladies man Face? Who didn’t pity the fool who ran afoul of B.A. Baracus and most of all, who didn’t love the mad antics of Murdock? Now they are making a movie out of it and I have my doubts about it.

TV shows are hard to make into good movies. TV plots and characters are designed to keep going over several seasons, and usually any movie made of a TV show just ends up feeling like a long episode of that show. Still this movie has garnered my interest and here is the cast so far.

Filling in as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith is none other than the great Liam Neeson. I have mixed feelings about this. It seems a little low brow for his skills but if he can pull off Qui-Gon Jinn he can do anything.

Next is Sharlto Copely, playing Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock. This one really intrigues me and could be the best part of the movie. While you may not know the name, many of you will recognize Sharlto from his bang up portrayal of  Wikus Van De Merwe from the movie District 9.

Filling in for Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck is Bradley Cooper from The Hangover fame and He’s Just Not That Into You.

And last but not least, serving up a round of kick ass as Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. (What is with all the nicknames here?) Who has yet to really have anything impressive on his resume.

Topping it off for the babe factor is Jessica Biel as the lovely Lt. Sosa.

The cast seems to be pretty solid, what remains to be seen is whether or not Hollywood can come up with an adequate and interesting story line that will do justice to the original series. Whether or not this movie does well or not, you can ebst be assured it will be followed by a huge merchandizing blitz. Maybe this way I can finally get the A-Team lunch box I never had but always wanted.

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  1. Scott North

    I’m happy anytime Jessica Biel gets cast in something! I do hope that the original A-team actors Dwight Schultz (Murdock) and Mr T (B.A. Baracus, obviously) are invited back to the set… just not in the first episode, because that smacks of desperation. I don’t know anything about Quinton Johnson, but the first person that came to my mind to play Baracus was professional MMA/street fighter Kimbo Slice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimbo_Slice).

    You might be interested to know that you can watch the original series on Hulu:
    http://www.hulu.com/the-a-team

    • Tony

      I have a hard time imagining Liam Neeson as Hannibal. Liam has too much integrity to be smug like the original character. Plus, there would need to be a little humor element that Laim is not known for. The rest of the cast has potential.

      Probably best to have low expectations with this one.

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