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The A-Team movie has its Hannibal, and he has an Irish accent. Variety says Liam Neeson is in negotiations to play Col. John “Hannibal” Smith. The character was originally played by now deceased, cigar-chomping actor George Peppard. The trades have also confirmed the rumors from a few weeks ago, and it looks like The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper really is going to be Face.

For the uninitiated, Hannibal is the group’s leader and the guy who usually spouts the A-Team’s signature catch phrase: “I love it when a plan comes together.” Much as I love Liam Neeson, I have a hard time imagining that coming out of his mouth, even if he ditches the Euro accent. Peppard was the son of a Detroit building contractor, somehow going Irish with the role, even if Neeson plays an American, just seems wrong. Cooper on the other hand, is spot on casting for Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, the group’s charming front man.

That leaves two roles to go, and they’re probably the two toughest. They’ll have to replace Mr. T as B.A Baracus and they’ll have to find someone great at playing stark-raving mad to take over the part of Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock. Please, please don’t let them cast Jim Carrey as Murdock.
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