By Jennifer Armstrong
June 09, 2009 at 04:26 PM EDT

Bradley Cooper may star as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck and Liam Neeson as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith in 20th Century Fox’s long-awaited movie adaptation of ’80s action series The A-Team, Variety reports. Joe Carnahan is already set to direct, with production beginning in late August for a June 2010 release. Faceman is the role originally played by Dirk Benedict; Hannibal was George Peppard’s character. The script will retain the series’ premise — four war vets wrongly convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison to carry out Robin Hood-like missions — but will hew closer to a Mission: Impossible tone. The roles of “Howling Mad” Murdock and “B.A.” Baracus are yet to be cast.

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