Ridley Scott is aiming high when it comes to the cast for his next film, the drug drama The Counselor, scripted by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men, The Road). While his Prometheus star Michael Fassbender has been locked in for some time, the rest of cast has been more difficult to nail down. Jeremy Renner and Javier Bardem are circling a supporting role, along with Natalie Portman. We got a tip that Brad Pitt may join the film in a small role and now Vulture lets us know his wife is also circling the film.
Angelina Jolie has entered talks for an undisclosed “small part” in the film. Having read the script she fits more with the Laura character, fiancee of Fassbender, but that means Portman may not be part of the film anymore as she was up for the part. There is also an Argentinean woman named Malkina, which is much more than just a “small part,” as she is involved with the criminal Reiner. Maybe McCarthy has revised the script to add in a role?
Hopefully we’ll get some confirmation soon as Jolie needs to jump onto the Disney film Maleficent, also shooting this summer. And as we know, Pitt and Jolie usually split up their filming so one can stay home with their many children, so unless they film on entirely different days, I can’t see both being part of the film.
As for production and distribution, the site has also learned that 20th Century Fox are looking to re-team with Scott after Prometheus, to possibly co-finance the film and release. Described as “No Country For Old Men on steroids,” the film follows “a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down.” Expect a 2013 release for The Counselor.
Would you like to see Jolie join the cast?