Cooper, Neeson In Talks For “A-Team”

Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”) is in talks to play Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck and Liam Neeson is in negotiations to play John ‘Hannibal’ Smith in the Joe Carnahan-directed “The A-Team” film says the trades.

First rumored several weeks ago for the ‘Faceman’ role, Cooper seem to let slip to IESB at the press junket for “The Hangover” last month that he was up for the part before beating a hasty retreat a few days later saying the quote was taken out of context and denying his involvement.

Today The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the original report was accurate after all while a few hours later Variety reported on the Neeson scoopage.

Ridley Scott, Jules Daly and series creator Stephen J. Cannell are producing. Carnahan and Brian Bloom polished a script by Skip Woods.

The story keeps the premise of the classic 80’s series but will take a more serious tone with the story of four war vets wrongly convicted of armed robbery escape from a military prison to become mercenaries helping the impoverished.

20th Century Fox is planning a late August production start for the June 11th 2010 release.