ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
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Trevor Norkey

Hollywood making reboots may be old news, but the new trend to reboots on the rise is gender-swapping the characters. For example, the Ghostbusters reboot is currently in production with an all-female cast as opposed to the original which was all-male.

After the 2010 reboot of The A-Team underperformed, even with a phenomenal cast, it may take a bigger change to get the classic television team popular again. What is this change? Gender-swapping, of course!

Without further-ado, here is who I believe could do the characters justice in a gender-swapped A-Team reboot.

Sally Field as John 'Hannibal' Smith (Jane 'Hannibal' Smith)

Sally Field is the definition of a phenomenal actress. She has played an assortment of amazing roles in movies such as Forrest Gump, Lincoln, The Amazing Spider-Man and Mrs. Doubtfire. Combine her terrific acting skills with trained acrobatic stunt doubles, and Sally Field may do George Peppard more justice as the leader of the A-Team than Liam Neeson did.

Kristen Bell as 'Howling Mad' Murdock

Kristen Bell, like Sally Field, is also a phenomenal actress. Her titular role in Veronica Mars proves how intense and, frankly, badass Bell can get if she needs to. Add awesome weaponry, and you've got yourself the perfect, female 'Howling Mad' Murdock.

Tessa Thompson as B.A. Baracus

Not only can Tessa Thompson look the part, but she can easily play the part too. She is a strong-willed, quick-witted actress who isn't afraid to show her muscle and bravery. Pull her hair back and give her an epic script, and Tessa Thompson will blow your socks off, maybe even more than Mr. T did originally.

Hayley Atwell as Templeton 'Faceman' Peck (Temira 'Facewoman' Peck)

Hayley Atwell is a truly amazing actress, best known for her role as Peggy Carter in Captain America and Agent Carter. She can be a true, genuine badass, and can bring forward the necessary 'experienced war hero' concept to the new 'Facewoman' on screen.

There are many people out there who want The A-Team to remain untouched, but the truth is many other people would love to see The A-Team be recreated with a new touch that isn't just trying to copy the original. I want to see a reboot build off of the classic series, making one drastic change (gender swapping) and watch those changes unfold on screen.

What do you think, though? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!


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