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The A-Team photo

TheA-Team.jpgA photo from the set of the new The A-Team has arrived online, and while it doesn't show us anything of the film, it does show the line-up of actors looking very similar to the cast that we saw back in the television, in fact very similar.

Liam Neeson as Colonel John Hannibal Smith, Bradley Cooper as Lieutenant Templeton Faceman Peck, Quinton Rampage Jackson as Sargeant Bosco B.A. Baracus, and Sharlto Copley as Captain Howling Mad Murdock.

Although we can see that Quinton Jackson isn't looking like the B.A. we remember, and let's face it he did need a face lift. Liam Neeson is looking good as the grey haired, although slightly thinner, Hannibal and Bradley Cooper looks quite the part as Face with his dapper suit and good looks.

However it's the styling of Sharlto Copley as Mad Murdock that really catches me, his leather jacket and hat are just like the television series The A-Team character.

I love it when a cast comes together, and here they certainly are. Just like the television series.

Now that's where the very problem lies. Are they perhaps too close to the series? They certainly are with the promotional material, and if the film steps away from what we've seen and heard so far then anyone expecting to see a film version of The A-Team are going to be sorely mistaken.

Or at least I hope so. Joe Carnahan doesn't seem to me the one who would bring out a film with a group of ex-soldiers who end up in tight situations, building anything out of an old tractor and farm shed, and when they get into a fire fight manage never to shoot anyone.

No, I don't buy it. Although this set picture, which you can see full size over at Splash News through Coming Soon (who don't provide a link), looks like the original A-Team through and through, I don't see Carnahan delivering the television show though, not after thinking of Smokin' Aces and Narc, and the line up he has on his slate.

Then there's the screenplay from Michael J. Brandt, the man behind the script for Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma. Do you think he's delivering the television series?

I don't think so, and while that's superb news for us, I'm wondering if keeping the ties the marketing is keeping this close to the series while the production continues is a good idea. I hope we'll start seeing a move away from that connection as soon as possible and the final A-Team film will be far from what we might be expecting right now.



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