Ridley Scott’s next project, The Counselor, is getting a boost as Deadline reports that the director will reunite with his Prometheus star Michael Fassbender in the movie, which has been described as “No Country for Old Men on steroids.” Cormac McCarthy, author of such classics as The Road, All The Pretty Horses and the aforementioned No Country for Old Men, makes his screenwriting debut with this story which revolves around a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down. Naturally, things turn bad and he must do whatever he can to survive his increasingly desperate situation.
Production is set to begin on May 1st despite the fact that the project still hasn’t found a taker among the studios. Nonetheless, Scott has little time to mess around with the casting of his villain. Deadline has word that Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt are some of the actors the director is considering for the role.
Overall, this sounds like this could be an extremely intriguing film given the talent involved at all levels of the project. We know Scott can helm massive action tentpoles like Prometheus but it will be interesting to see what he can bring to something with a much smaller, dramatic scope like this.
Fassbender is set to reteam with Shame director Steve McQueen in Twelve Years a Slave alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt. He is also developing and starring in a film based on Celtic warrior Cuchulainn.