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Angelina Jolie Circles Role In Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 10, 2012 1:08 PM
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Angelina Jolie, Fox, The Counselor

With Disney giving Angelina Jolie's big fairy tale movie "Maleficent" a March 14, 2014 release date yesterday, will the actress have time to squeeze in another movie before cameras roll this summer? If so, it will be one of the hottest projects brewing.

According to Vulture, the actress is in talks for a small role in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" which as you all know by now, boasts a script from none other than "The Road" and "No Country For Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy.  Set mostly in the border country where Cormac McCarthy's stories often take place, the screenplay follows the titular character -- an attorney, whose name we never learn -- who is in search of a big payday after he proposes to his girlfriend, Laura. So he hooks up with Reiner, an acquaintance with deep criminal ties, for a new business proposition: they'll take $20 million worth of cocaine from south of the border and offload it themselves, aided by the no-good Westray. As you might imagine, things do not go well for anyone involved.

So far, the only confirmed cast member is Michael Fassbender, but in recent weeks Jeremy Renner, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman have all been circling the project. Of course, if Pitt and Jolie were both to take a role, it would mark their first time on screen together since "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." There is no word yet on exactly what part Jolie is taking a look at, but if it's a small role, then we presume it's for the part of Laura, the lead character's fiancé. We read the script and though we said she's a bit underwritten (nothing a punch up can't fix), she does have a couple of great scenes, including the opening sequence.

Scheduling shouldn't be an issue as "The Counselor" is set to lens in June, with "Maleficent" gearing up for July or August. Jolie and Scott haven't worked together before, but they do have a history, as the director was eyeing her Gertrude Bell biopic last fall. This would certainly be a nice way to test the waters of working together. Fox is now looking to finance and distribute the pic, provided Scott can pull together a compelling cast, and we don't doubt he'll able to do just that.

With it set to start in just a couple of months, here's hoping we get more official word on "The Counselor" soon...

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  • padre | April 11, 2012 3:54 AMReply

    Whoa. Now this is news! It would be eye-poppingly awesome.

  • Toni | April 10, 2012 11:52 PMReply

    I love Angelina but I don't think she'd be good for the girlfriend role, she's said before that she wouldn't accept a movie offer if it was just a girlfriend part. I think she's much better suited to be the Reiner - if he was a girl.

  • Jacob | April 10, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    Oh no. I hope it's a small part. Penelope Cruz was seen meeting with Ridley and again I say oh no. Go with some unknowns please Ridley!!!!!

  • Yod | April 10, 2012 11:46 PM

    I see you neglected to mention the most important part, that Penelope was simply accompanying Bardem.

  • Oogle monster | April 10, 2012 7:00 PM

    Nevermind... someone posted it below.

  • Oogle monster | April 10, 2012 6:59 PM

    Source of P Cruz news?

  • gonad | April 10, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    Is Ridders gonna shoot this in 3D?

  • Glenda | April 10, 2012 3:50 PMReply

    Something else to keep in mind - Ridley (& Tony) Scott is good friends with Brad Pitt and has been since Pitt did Thelma & Louise in the early '90s. Most recently the Scotts co-produced, with Pitt, Pitt's The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford in 2005. So there's a long history there with Ridley Scott and Brad Pitt. I wouldn't be surprised to see both Pitt and Jolie turn up in this movie - if scheduling permits.

  • Oogle monster | April 10, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    I hope to god she is not circling the role of Malkina. Yes, she has the physical beauty to pull it off but I'm still not convinced she has the acting chops. I like Jolie when she's playing against type which would mean NO MALKINA. Step away from Malkina. Malkina is reserved! Interestingly enough, Pitt did mention in an interview that Jolie and him were looking to work together again and had a couple of projects in mind. Dear Korean Jesus, please let it not be this film.

  • James | April 10, 2012 2:15 PMReply

    Unless Fassbender is going to be cloned, how is he supposed to be in Twelve Years A Slave and this film at the same time as it was reported that Twelve Years was going to start filming in June in Louisiana.

  • Paul | April 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    That's what I was wondering

  • KitCon | April 10, 2012 2:02 PMReply

    Jolie actually seems like a perfect fit for the other female character, Reiner's girlfirend, but the part won't be a quick cameo.

  • art vandelay | April 10, 2012 1:46 PMReply

    great now this potentially fantastic film is going to become the jolie pitt show

  • Helgi | April 10, 2012 1:44 PMReply

    Please, do not ruin this movie with a cartoon player.

  • Benjamin | April 10, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    No... damn. Horrible casting.

  • tara | April 10, 2012 4:15 PM

    I just hope they won't go with Penelope Cruz for Malinka...but Cruz and Bardem were seen dining with Ridley Scott yesterday. So...I don't know what to think...

    A link with the pics...
    Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem out and about, London
    The couple were dining with director Ridley Scott,_london

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