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Brad Pitt & Javier Bardem Join Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'; Angelina Jolie Eyeing Female Lead

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 12, 2012 3:26 PM
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Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem are going to be in the same movie. Day-um.

Deadline reports that Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem have signed on for Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" penned by Cormac McCarthy after being rumored for roles over the past few weeks. The story follows an attorney (Fassbender), 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.

While the site doesn't clarify, we presume this means Pitt will be taking the role of Westray as reported earlier, while Bardem is likely taking the part of Reiner (a part Jeremy Renner was also eyeing). And as for Angelina Jolie, reported to be circling a role yesterday? Looks like it's not a small role at all, as Deadline reveals she's looking at the female lead, Malkina. As we described in our script overview, she's a sexually-charged femme fatale who is linked to Reiner, although she doesn't seem to show any particular affection towards him. The character is written as having an Argentinian background, we're guessing that will be jettisoned. We presume it's just a matter of time before her casting is official.

Either way, this is a helluva goddamn cast no matter how you slice it. Fox is said to be dealing for the rights, and they'd be foolish not to snap it up and put their power behind this thing. Filming kicks off in June.

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  • daisy | April 13, 2012 6:00 AMReply

    Nooo!!!This is going to be purely a fricking vain project to "bring" these 2 pap seeking ...lets see mmm "actors" together....This is going to be all about them coming together blah blah blah,,,poor Michael Fassbender.....A potentially good low key and successful movie is going to be a circus....Jolie has been riding on Pitts contacts for awhile now and this is just another way for her to get into a movie which otherwise she wouldnt.......dissapointing...

  • Lora | April 12, 2012 10:31 PMReply

    I don't know about this. Jolie, while beautiful, isn't the greatest actress... she was fine in A Mighty Heart and Changeling and I thought she was terrific in Gia and Girl Interrupted but other than that, she's had many many misses. I would like to see Scott go with an unknown or at least think outside of the box... Rose Byrne maybe? I know she's English and probably doesn't have the same sex symbol heat as other actresses, but she's a terrific actress that has consistently proven she can work in almost any genre. On the other hand, a part of me would love to see Pitt react to Jolie in the scene where she's supposedly f***** [Bardem's] car in front of him.

  • Bravo | April 12, 2012 9:42 PMReply

    Fantastic cast, fantastic director, fantastic writer, can't wait for more information as to this film. Ridley Scoot gets the best out of his actors so this will be a veritable feast of a film. Jolie is one of the best actresses around, she has been absent from the screen for years since 2010, looking forward to her being in this and hope that she is. Pitt and Bardem more icing on the cake! And I echo Gonad, Roger Deakins for DP!!!! Just sublime.

  • Oogle monster | April 12, 2012 8:29 PMReply

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME ABOUT JOLIE... F*** NO!!!!!!!!!!! Ugh, why can't he go with an unknown.

  • kris | April 12, 2012 8:00 PMReply

    its too bad malkina could be a great character for a lot of actresses to prove their talent on the other hand its typical for jolie

  • padre | April 12, 2012 7:14 PMReply


  • gonad | April 12, 2012 6:30 PMReply

    Roger Deakins for DP.

  • kitcon | April 12, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    Even before Prometheus' release, w/ this cast, Scott's got to be going around w/ extra swagger. Fassbender needs to win an Oscar for this or he will be answer to a future trivia question: Who was the lead in the first movie that reunited ...

  • ge | April 12, 2012 6:15 PMReply

    Keep Jolie out of this. Out of all movies, actually. I'm still baffled at how Brad Pitt's career has turned out.

  • gonad | April 12, 2012 6:08 PMReply

    Someone ask Sir Ridders if he's shooting this baby in 3D. Cormac McCarthy in 3D, giggity goo!

  • Knative | April 12, 2012 5:30 PMReply

    They should cast a Latina for the role, because the character was originally a Latina, and Latinas don't get that many opportunities in Hollywood. Plus, isn't Angelina Jolie a little, ugh, skinny to be considered a sex symbol? She should put on some weight.

  • meme | April 13, 2012 10:03 AM

    Actually Knative is right. Malkina was described as a Latina, although not fat. :D

  • Yod | April 13, 2012 12:17 AM

    This is a movie site, not a site for those with a fetish for fat latinos.

  • Sam | April 12, 2012 9:00 PM


  • misha | April 12, 2012 5:06 PMReply anyone going to explain how Fassbender and Pitt will shoot Scott's "The Counselor" and McQueen's "12 Years" at the same time? Personally, I'm much more interested in seeing Fassbender work with McQueen on "12 Years" than with Scott on this film.

  • Den | April 12, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    Simple actors will be allowed to act in The Counselor. Brad & Javier make only wise steps like Malick, Mendes, Dominik, Iñárritu. I admire them.

  • Rohan | April 12, 2012 4:01 PMReply

    Well respected stars working with a well respected director based on a script by a well respected writer. What else can you ask for, people?

  • Kate | April 12, 2012 3:56 PMReply

    I actually love all these people, but I do think that's two much superstar for one movie. And poor Fassbender is going to be saddled, as the lead, with the least interesting character.

  • meme | April 12, 2012 4:08 PM

    Knowing Fassbender, he will steal the whole film anyway. He can elevate any role he is given and make it interesting.

  • LilPeep | April 12, 2012 3:52 PMReply

    I'm Only interested if Angelina joins for sure. Who cares about brad!

  • Anyone but them | April 12, 2012 3:32 PMReply

    Another film to be ruined by these two famewhores. Ughh.

  • Paul | April 12, 2012 7:29 PM

    Jolie is a bad choice. Mostly because she only plays characters two ways - either as herself or as herself with the awful Russian accent she uses in every other movie.

    But Pitt has proven himself to be a real actor caught in a movie stars body. For a guy of Pitt's stature it would be so damn easy to disappear up his own ass like Will Smith has but instead he's delivered interesting performances in films from The Coen Brothers, Andrew Dominick, Quentin Tarantino, and Terrence Malick.

  • Kirsten | April 12, 2012 5:18 PM

    Yet, you read an article about them. Personal life aside, being humanitarians and being passionate about bringing aid to struggling people is never a "famewhore" action in my book.

  • Quincy J. Polt | April 12, 2012 3:36 PM

    Say what you will of Jolie but Pitt has earned my respects for a while now.

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