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dream cast: hypothetical ‘A-Team’ movie

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: The A-Team, the 1983-7 NBC action series about a group of Vietnam vets who help out folk in trouble. Rumor has it that a movie is already in the works, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with it.

(This week’s Dream Cast topic was suggested by Ken in the comments of last week’s Dream Cast; if you need help, and you can find me– I mean, if you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, lemme know.)
The original cast featured:

Col. John “Hannibal” Smith: George Peppard
Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock: Dwight Schultz
Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus: Mr. T
Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck: Dirk Benedict

Here’s my dream cast for the remake:

Col. John “Hannibal” Smith: Richard Dean Anderson
Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock: Brad Pitt
Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus: Mos Def
Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck: John Barrowman

I guess we’d have to make our new A-Team vets of the first Gulf War, or even the current one.

Who’s in your dream cast?

People do the weirdest things:

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  • Ken

    My cast:

    Hannibal: George Clooney
    Face: Brad Pitt
    B.A. Baracus: Samuel Jackson
    Howling Mad Murdock: Jim Carrey (but I am intrigued by your suggestion for Pitt in this role)

    Although I do like the idea of bringing back the original cast (obviously someone would have to step in for Peppard) with the idea that they’re still on the run 25 years later. Better yet, make an A-Team vs. McGyuver movie, and you can have your Richard Dean Anderson too.

  • Ken

    I think it would be fun to cast Katee Sackhoff in the role of Face. Ya know, just because…

  • Bill

    Col. John “Hannibal” Smith: Denzel Washington
    Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock: Jim Carrey
    Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus: Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck: Don Cheadle

  • Martin

    I’m gonna go with an Armageddon cast here.

    Hannibal: Bruce Willis
    Murdock: Steve Buscemi
    B.A.: Michael Clarke Duncan
    Face: Owen Wilson

    Personally, I don’t mind who they cast for the film but I would say that I’d rather they cast actors that have good chemistry together rather than casting specifically for each character. I’d rather see a new ‘fresh’ team than people trying to emulate what’s been before.

    And since modern warfare utilises IT, are we going to have the ‘tech’ guy? Can this fit into one of the existing characters (strangely enough, I’m thinking Face. He’s the only one that never really had a speciality in the military and if you play up the scammer angle, surely he’d be up on the latest e-scams?) or do we give them a fifth member?

  • Bill

    Do we recast the GMC van?

  • MaryAnn

    Go for it.

  • Bill

    Actually, I’m in the same boat I was in with the DeLorean – keep the original. Can’t think of a newer ride that could take its place…

  • @bill

    Col. John “Hannibal” Smith: Denzel Washington
    Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock: Jim Carrey
    Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus: Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck: Don Cheadle

    This is brilliance!

    I’d actually pay to see this movie. ESPECIALLY if Jim Carrey’s delusional/manic behavior includes him thinking he’s one of the “brothers”.

    For extra laughs you might even be able to cast most of the cast of “In Living Color” as former members of their old platoon.

  • Ken

    I’m thinking that the backstory for this version is that the A-Team had an unfortunate run-in with Blackwater early in the 2000s, which resulted in their status as wanted men.

  • PaulW

    Dream A-Team:

    Hannibal: Tommy Lee Jones
    Murdock: Christina Ricci
    B.A.: Ving Rhames
    Face: David Duchovny (although I dread they will cast one of the Jonas brothers instead :shudder:)
    The Van: sorry but guys gotta update it to the 21st century… maybe a Dodge Durango…

  • Bill

    I dunno, PaulW. A Durango? I think it’s gotta be van. Seriously, the A-Team rolls in a van. I’m not sure I’m comfortable messin’ with that. Maybe a Suburban. Maybe.

  • the rook

    how about an abstract expressionist a-team

    hannibal: peter weller
    murdoch: john malkovitch
    b. a.: robert downey jr.
    face: cary elwes

  • NorthernStar

    I’d love to see –

    Hugh Laurie (Hannibal)
    Johnny Depp (Murdock)
    I have shockingly low knowledge of black American actors and can only think of ones from sci-fi (and Will Smith). So, um, the bloke who plays Teal’C (?) (BA)
    Eric Stoltz (Face)

  • Bill

    “murdock: john malkovitch” – the rook

    very nice. put christopher walken in that movie somewhere and we’re in business.

  • PaulW

    I retract my consideration for Tommy Lee Jones as Hannibal. Put The Walken in as Hannibal instead.

    Thanks for the suggestion Bill!

  • barn

    I like some of the suggestions, but I have a different spin on it.

    Tommy Lee Jones (Hannibal)
    Ving Rhames (B.A.)
    Brad Pitt (Face)
    Owen Wilson (Murdock)

  • Troy

    My preference would be:

    BA – Ice Cube (no 2nd thoughts)
    Murdock – Johnny Knoxville (not a great actor, but perfect for the role)
    Face – Rob Lowe (I think Rob would be great at this, but I could also see David Duchovny or Mark Wahlberg.)
    Hannibal – Phillip Seymor Hoffman (He has the whole package. I like Bruce Willis or Mel Gibson too though. Not sure they can get either for this role though.)

  • Heh. They’re doing it in the comments of the Onion AV now: http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-ateam-movie-back-on-track,23142/


  • Eoin Curry

    my dream cast for the a-team movie
    , Hannibal : Mel Gibson
    BA : the orhinal actor could do it MT T
    Murdoch : Jim Carey
    Face : Owen Willson

  • Jim

    Cary Elwes as Face is perfect.
    Ving Rhames is probably the only one to do justice for BA.
    Nicholas Cage would be my first pick for Murdock with Johnny knoxville as a close second.
    But For Hannibal, and have yet to see anyone post this yet. John Travolta. Although he would have to do it with white hair.

  • CBN4ct

    I LOVED whoever named Katee Sackhoff for the role of Face!!! Brilliant!

    Richard Dean Anderson might work as Hannibal also.

  • Dylan

    I have NO problem with the cast with the 2010 film. I’m just casting MY choices purely for fun.

    “Hannibal” – Mel Gibson
    “Faceman” – Nathan Fillion (OTHER CHOICES: Chris Pine/Ryan Reynolds)
    “B.A. Baracus” – Michael Jai White (OTHER CHOICE: Ice Cube)
    “Murdock” – Simon Pegg (OTHER CHOICES: Jim Carrey/Jake Busey)

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