The big news making the rounds this morning is that Rampage Jackson has landed the role of BA Baracus in the new A-Team movie remake. For someone who grew up watching the A-Team, this is pretty awesome news.
But is it true? Well, that’s a big question mark since the news comes from The Sun who doesn’t even cite any kind of source in their report.
UFC fighter QUINTON ‘RAMPAGE’ JACKSON is set to fill the infamous role of BA Baracus in the forthcoming remake.
Rappers THE GAME and 50 CENT had both been in the running for the role, and earlier this week it was rumoured that The Game was actually confirmed as the new BA.
However, studio execs finally picked the charasmatic UFC star to star in the film after weeks of auditions.
To further put this report further into question, The Sun also published a report this morning claiming Megan Fox has been cast as Catwoman in the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, which would also be cool, except nothing about Batman 3 has been confirmed yet including Nolan’s involvement. This follows up a previous report from The Sun last December claiming Eddie Murphy was casted as The Riddler and Shia Labeouf was signed to play Robin. Point being, The Sun, especially when it comes to movie casting news, is about as trustworthy as something you’d find on a random message board in the dark corners of the internet.
If the report turns out to be true though, Rampage Jackson is going to be a busy man in the coming months. The movie is currently in production and scheduled to be released in June 2010. With such a major role, he’ll likely have to spend a significant amount of time away filming sooner rather than later, and with a fight already scheduled for UFC 107 in December against Rashad Evans, he’s going to have quite the schedule to juggle.
Update: MTV has confirmed The Sun story was a big steaming pile of BS.
Proving yet again that at least some of the folks at UK tabloid The Sun are lying liars, MTV has confirmed that UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has not been cast as B.A. Baracus in the coming big screen adaptation of “The A-Team.” I’m not even going to link to the story, as these jokers don’t deserve the traffic.
What I CAN tell you is that I reached out to Jackson’s publicist who checked with the fighter’s manager, as Jackson himself is currently on hiatus. The response? “His manager said it wasn’t true.” Move along people. There’s absolutely nothing to see here.