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Cameron Diaz Takes Role Eyed By Angelina Jolie In 'The Counselor'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 8, 2012 at 10:21PM

No, you're not reading this wrong: Cameron Diaz is joining Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" taking the role previously eyed by Angelina Jolie. And yes, we're just as surprised as you are.
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Cameron Diaz

No, you're not reading this wrong: Cameron Diaz is joining Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," taking the role previously eyed by Angelina Jolie. And yes, we're just as surprised as you are.

Twitch have broken the news, marking a rather surprising twist in the casting of the highly anticipated film based on a spec script by literary master Cormac McCarthy. In a project that has seen a ton of names come up to bat looking to for a role, Diaz is a name that hasn't been mentioned, and really, isn't quite in the same calibre as the other talent involved. But it looks like she has impressed all the right people and is taking on a role that is very much outside her wheelhouse.

Reports have bene conflicting about which roles actresses have sought, but according to Twitch, Jolie was looking at the role of Malkina (some said she was toying with the smaller part of Laura), the Almodóvarean femme fatale of the film. Penelope Cruz was last reported to be kicking the tires on the part but it looks like the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie power couple casting for the movie won't be panning out. Sorry tabloids. But hell, this marks the bravest role Diaz has taken on, well, ever.

The story follows an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who is in search of a big payday after he proposes to his girlfriend, Laura. So he hooks up with Reiner (Bardem), 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 (Pitt). As you might imagine, things do not go well for anyone involved. In the script, Malkina is a hyper-sexualized Argentinean woman who's hooked up with Reiner, and it's pretty meaty part all around. But obviously, it has be tweaked to fit Diaz and like we said, she's never really done anything like this ever, so it's a ballsy move.

We'd wager Jolie's "Maleficent" scheudling ultimately couldn't be worked out, as the two projects were more or less gearing up to start rolling around the same time. But holy hell, this is pretty much out of left field and we'll be curious to see if Diaz can pull this off.

This article is related to: Cameron Diaz, The Counselor, Ridley Scott, Angelina Jolie


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