'The A-Team' TV series reboot is happening; new cast could include some women

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Cast members (from L-R) Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley, Liam Neeson and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson pose at the premiere of "The A-Team" at the Mann's Grauman Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California June 3, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 11. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

20th Century Fox TV will be remaking “The A-Team,” the hit 1980s action series on NBC. The new show will feature a unique team of American Special Forces agents, but will have modern tweaks to fit the current audience. It was also announced that the new “A-Team” will feature both male and female characters.

As early as now, fans have already started making their cast wish lists for the upcoming TV reboot. Because the “A-Team’s” new cast could include some women, Jacob Craig of Moviepilot even suggested that “Person of Interest” star Amy Acker would be a good fit for the role of Captain H.M. Murdock. The character was referred to as “Howling Mad” because of the tendencies to become mentally and emotionally unstable. Fans thought that the actress would provide the excitement and humour while flying planes and helicopters for the group.

It would be interesting if Bosco Albert "B.A." Baracus is also portrayed as a female. He was famously played by Mr. T in the original series. Actresses who could fit that role are Rutina Wesley, who played Tara Thornton in "True Blood," Uzo Aduba of "Orange Is The New Black" or Regina King ("American Crime," "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"). Meanwhile, the "A-Team" character  Templeton "Faceman" Peck could be portrayed by "Nikita" and "Stalker" star Maggie Q.  As for John "Hannibal" Smith, Vanessa Williams of “Ugly Betty” fame could play this character, just because she's multi-talented. She also smokes cigars, which Hannibal is known for.

In an exclusive report, Deadline writes that the new “A-Team” TV series will follow the concept of the original. The story revolved around the adventures and missions of a commando group that was framed and sent to prison. They will attempt to clear their names while, at the same time, offering help to people by using their special skills and training. The new series is expected to deliver the same kind of excitement and comedy that made the original very popular.

In 2010, the TV show was adapted into a movie of the same title, starring Bradley Cooper Templeton "Face" Peck), Quinton Jackson (Bosco "B.A." Baracus),  Jessica Biel (Charissa Sosa), Sharlto Copley (Captain H.M. Murdock) and Liam Neeson (John "Hannibal" Smith). Joe Carnahan served as director. The film cost $110 million to make and raked in $177 million worldwide, Screen Rant writes. The movie had mixed reviews, but it seemed like there was still hope to reboot “The A-Team” again, but this time on TV. Writer-producer Chris Morgan will executive produce the show with TV director Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of Stephen J. Cannell, the writer of the original show. Albert Kim will write the adaptation, as well.

Deadline also  reveals that the original TV series was created by Cannell and Frank Lupo after the idea was pitched by NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff. The A-Team was comprised of four commandos with distinct skills and personalities, namely John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard), B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus (Mr. T) and H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz), and Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Dirk Benedict). The series debuted in 1983 and immediately became a hit. The NBC show ran for five seasons.

More details about the “The A-Team” reboot as well as the premiere date will be announced in the coming weeks.

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