This is a bit odd, and I wouldn’t normally do another fan-casting post so soon, but… Quite awhile ago (probably when I was doing my A-Team fan-cast posts, if not before), I got the idea for an all-female version of the A-Team. Not all that creative an idea, but… there it is. I was looking at a list of old ideas this week, and I latched onto that one and came up with a full cast. (Two of them, really.)
Now, there have been at least two other all-female versions of familiar teams lately (i.e., Ghostbusters and Ocean’s Eight) and neither did well at the box office. Of course, the female versions in those productions were not supposed to be gender-bent versions of the original male versions. (That probably would have been an even bigger mistake.) I am not advocating for an all-female A-Team movie or series to be made, though. I just thought the casting would be fun.
My parameters were fairly broad, in this case, though the actors all had to be pretty fit, in order for the action to be believable. (So, for example, Rebel Wilson was out.) I kept both Hannibal Smith and Col. Decker in their 50s/60s, and the rest of the characters are in their 30s (though early 40s would have been acceptable). I also slightly modified the names of some characters to better fit the opposite sex. Finally, while I was at it, I made our characters a bit more ethnically diversified than the originals.
I came up with two choices for each of the four team members, as well as the journalist character (actually male, in this case) and the primary antagonist. Here ya go…
Jane ‘Hannibal’ Smith (first name originally John)
Choice #1 is the amazing Angela Bassett (5’4″,b.1958), who has recently been seen in Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame. Of course, she has appeared in many genre productions over the years, including Critters 4, Strange Days, Contact, Supernova, “Alias”, Green Lantern, et al. If not her, then I think Sonja Sohn (5’5″,b.1964) would be a fine choice. Recently appearing in a few episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery”, Sohn can be seen in things like “The Wire”, “Body of Proof”, “Burn Notice”, “The Originals”, “Luke Cage”, Domain. Either could play our cigar-chewing, fun-loving team leader who “love(s) it when a plan comes together.”
Temple ‘(The) Face’ Peck (first name originally Templeton and nickname was sometimes ‘Faceman’)
All of our cast is attractive, so “Face” needs to have that extra something that makes you go “Wow!”. Alexandra Daddario (5’8″,b.1986) fits the bill — for me, anyway. The gorgeous eyes, great smile, and amazing figure — just Wow! Daddario’s credits include Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief & its sequel, “White Collar”, Texas Chainsaw 3D, San Andreas, “American Horror Story”, and the upcoming Night Hunter. Another beauty I found with gorgeous eyes and smile is Deepika Padukone (5’7.5″,b.1986). She has mostly appeared in Bollywood productions (e.g., Race 2), but you might remember her from xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Either Daddario or Padukone could do a smashing job as “The Face”.
H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock
This role needs to have an actress that can believably play a lovable goof who is not completely sane. The first person I thought of, tbh, was Lori Petty, but she’s too old for this crew. So, I turned to Natalia Tena (5’5.75″,b.1984), probably best known to genre fans as ‘Nymphadora Tonks’ from the Harry Potter films and/or Bran’s loyal companion, ‘Osha’, from “Game of Thrones”. She has also appeared in “Black Mirror”, “The Refugees”, and most recently in “Origin”. If she’s unavailable, I thought “SEAL Team”‘s Alona Tal (5’4″,b.1983) might be a good fit for the role. She has also been in “Veronica Mars”, “Supernatural”, “Cult”, “Burn Notice”. I’ve never seen her act unhinged, but somehow I can picture her screaming for “trash bags!!!”.
Benita Alberta ‘B.A.’ Baracus (originally named Bosco Albert, though it also stands for “Bad Attitude”)
The team powerhouse with a “bad attitude” (as well as a silly side)… I didn’t really want to go with a bodybuilder, but a wrestler/fighter or fitness competitor might work. Ronda Rousey (5’7″,b.1987) is an obvious choice, especially since she has already done some TV and film work: e.g., The Expendables 3, Furious 7, “Blindspot”, Mile 22. Alternately, we might go with someone a bit… “harder”, namely Rousey’s nemesis in the ring, Cris Cyborg (5’8″,b.1985). Cyborg might not even have as much acting experience as Mr. T did before the original series. Not as attractive as Rousey, but she has the muscles and attitude down pat.
Andy Allen (original first name Amy)
The two journalists from the original series were women (‘Amy Allen’, then ‘Tawnia Baker’), so I obviously had to switch to a man this time. First choice is Mike Moh (5’9″,b.1983), who you may remember as ‘Triton’ from the disappointing “Inhumans” mini-series. He’s a stuntman-turned actor with training in multiple martial arts, so he often plays roles in things like “Supah Ninjas”, “Street Fighter”, but he can also be seen in “Empire”. On the other hand, Ukweli Roach (5’11”,b.1986) might be a better fit. Genre fans may remember him from “Eternal Law”, “Humans”, or “Blindspot”. Moh or Roach would make a fine ‘Andy Allen, investigative reporter’.
Col. Rodina Decker (original first name Roderick, though it’s rarely used)
Finally, I wanted to add in my favorite antagonist for the A-Team, the maverick Colonel Decker. We need a strong actor to fill Lance Legault’s shoes as the team’s nemesis. So, let’s start with Brenda Strong (6′,b.1960), who has been making recent guest appearances on “The 100” and “Supergirl”. In both of those shows, she plays fearsome characters. You might also have seen her in “Fear the Walking Dead” a couple years ago. Another wonderful actress who I could picture as Decker is Jamie Lee Curtis (5’7″,b.1958). While chiefly known for her Halloween movies, Curtis has also been in Blue Steel, True Lies, “NCIS”, “Scream Queens”, et al. I think either woman would have fun in the role as the obsessed Decker.
Well, that was different. Comments?
* All ideas copyright Christopher Harris, 2013-2019.