Is District 9 star going to be The A-Team's Murdock?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

We knew District 9's breakout newcomer star Sharlto Copley would be going places, but really?

BlackFilm reports that Copley has been offered the role of pilot Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock in the upcoming A-Team movie, a remake of the 1980s TV series. It's not clear if Copley has accepted. (The role was originated by Dwight Schultz, better known to sci-fi fans as Star Trek: The Next Generation's Lt. Reginald Barclay.)

If the rumor is true, Copley would have aced out a bevy of young hot Hollywood types for the role, which included Timothy Olyphant, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Chris Pine, among others.

Here's more of BlackFilm's report:

Already cast in the film are Liam Neeson as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith 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 [to be played by Quinton Ramone Jackson].

Set for release next year, the film, which is being directed by Joe Carnahan, has already begun shooting in Vancouver, Canada.