Michael Fassbender Joins Ridley Scott’s The Counselor

It looks like all of the pieces are falling quickly into place for Cormac McCarthy’s script “The Counselor”. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Blood Meridian”, “The Road”, and “No Country For Old Men”, among others, surprised everyone by delivering a screenplay instead of a draft of his next novel. It took somewhere in the neighborhood of seven minutes for someone to swoop in and buy the rights to the script. Then Ridley Scott jumped on board to direct. And now Michael Fassbender has agreed to take the lead role. The “Shame” star and “Blade Runner” director just worked together on “Prometheus”.

The story of “The Counselor” certainly fits in thematically with McCarthy’s previous work, and the idea of otherwise good people done in by bad decisions is familiar territory for the reclusive writer. All in all it sounds promisingly grim.

“The Counselor” is reminiscent of the rough and tumble world depicted in “No Country For Old Men”. The protagonist is a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down. It is a bad decision and he tries his best to survive it and get out of a desperate situation.

The names of a handful of other big-time stars are being bandied about to play the villain role, including Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner, and Bradley Cooper. Given the rate at which things are moving on “The Counselor”, we’ll probably hear more about this before too long. Scott definitely has the clout to land another headliner, and there are few actors hotter right now than Fassbender.

Scott is said to have his eye on May 1 as a possible start for filming.

Via : Deadline