Exclusive Casting News: A-Team's Murdock role offered to rising star
by Wilson Morales
September 9, 2009
While Blackfilm.com had previously stated that rapper The Game had been up for the role of Sgt. Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus in the big sceen adaptation of 'The A-Team,' we also had mentioned in the same article that UFC fighter Quinton Ramone Jackson was also in the running. He eventually got the job recently.
Now the concentration is on who will play the team's pilot Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock.
Through a reliable source, Blackfilm.com has learned exclusively that an offer has been made to rising star 'District 9' Star Sharlto Copley for the role.
There is no confirmation that Copley has accepted as of yet.
Many names were being tossed for the role including the likes of Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Olyphant, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr.. If you break it down, you can scratch Carrey and Downey Jr. off the list. They are way too big to take a supporting role along a couple of rising stars. Plus, their paycheck would not big. If the thought process of the executive is to find someone with less star power, take out Harrelson. Olyphant and Rockwell seem like logical choices, but that's the problem. That's too easy. With Copley, we don't know much outside his one film to date, which has grossed $103 million to date domestically.
Already cast in the film are Liam Neeson as Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith, and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck.
'The A-Team' revolves around the four members of a former commando outfit and current group of mercenaries. Their leader is Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, whose plans tend to be unorthodox but effective. Lt. Templeton "The Faceman" (usually referred to simply as "Face") Peck is a smooth-talking con-man who serves as the team's appropriator of vehicles and other useful items. The team's pilot is Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock, who has been declared insane and resides in a mental institution for the show's first four seasons. Finally, there is the team's strong man and mechanic, Sgt. B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus.
Set for release next year, the film, which is being directed by Joe Carnahan has already begun shooting in Vancouver, Canada.