February 21, 2012

Michael Fassbender Confirmed For The Counselor And Brad Pitt Could Play Villain

Deadline has learned that Michael Fassbender (Shame) has officially signed on to play the lead role in Ridley Scott's The Counselor. The hard-boiled thriller pits a respectable lawyer who believes he can dip his toes into the violent drug trade without it affecting him. His world spins out of control and tries to survive this desperate situation. Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country For Old Men) wrote the spec-script and hopefully this means the author will end up turning out more film scripts. It's expected that the film will start production in early May. They're also naming possible actors that could take the villain role they include Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt. It's not surprising since the film is being compared to the Oscar-winning film No Country For Old Men.

Pitt got his first big break from Ridley's Thelma And Louise so a re-team seems possible. He also worked with his brother Tony Scott on True Romance and Spy Games. There's also a connection with Fassbender as the two previously worked briefly together on Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Not to mention that Pitt will have a cameo in Steve McQueen's (Shame, Hunger) 12 Years A Slave that also stars Michael that will be shooting this summer.

I wouldn't rule out Renner as a serious contender since he's known for these on edge roles. Jeremy earned two Oscar nominations for The Hurt Locker and The Town. He's seems to have completed his commercial projects with Ghost Protocol, Bourne Legacy, Avengers and Witch Hunters. I would assume he wants to get back into more awards friendly roles. Even if Pitt get's the part I would hope that Renner end's up with a meaty supporting role.

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