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The A-Team’s Murdoch – Could it be Sharlto Copley?

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

copleyThrough 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. Although we all know a whole heap of them won’t be taking the role.

Already cast in the film are Liam Neeson as Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus 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.

Director Carnahan and Tony and Ridley Scott say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.

The Middle East will replace Vietnam as the place the four did their tour of duty, but Carnahan said the origin story is the jumping-off point.

The original series, which ran from 1983-87 and starred George Peppard, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, followed an unofficial team of Vietnam vets who will stop at nothing to get the bad guys. Sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, these four commandos escaped from a maximum-security stockade and now survive in the Los Angeles underground as soldiers of fortune.

Having just watched District 9 last night I can totally see Copley playing Murdoch. In D-9 he goes from office nerd to fugitive to bad ass and I thought he was brilliant. The whole film was superb so go and see it if you haven’t.

Who do you think would make a good Murdoch?

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