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June 09, 2009

A-Team's John "Hannibal" Smith to be Played by... Liam Neeson?

In negotiations.

I don't see it. Neeson's a good actor and proved he could be an action star in Taken, but I've never seen him do "drolly arrogant" like Hannibal Smith is supposed to be. He does Grim okay, and Nice Guy Everyman all right.

But I don't know of any role where he's done that action-movie confidently-smirking swagger that Bruce Willis does, and George Peppard did as Hannibal. Even if they're doing a more serious version of the A-Team, they can't do it too seriously -- the premise is fundamentally comic. He'll still have to nod in George Peppard's direction. I just can't see him chomping a cigar and saying "I love it when a plan comes together."

In other geek news, "The Lensmen" movie might finally get made, with Ron Howard producing and Babylon 5 writer J. Michael Strazinsky scripting.

If you don't know, the Lensmen is a 30's pulp-era sci-fi series about a squad of galactic cops with psychic powers and laser guns. Kind of the Jedi Knights, but minus the lightsabers, alas, but fortunately also minus George Lucas' determination to ruin the franchise.

Thanks to Arthur for that last bit.

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