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

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 8, 2012 10:21 PM
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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.

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  • Oogle monster | May 9, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Wow, all of the Jolie and Diaz nuts came out of hiding to post on this site today. In any case, both actresses are mediocre at best. Jolie has her moments as does Diaz, but neither of them are incredible talents and it's obvious Scott is going for "big names" with this film.... although the men cast are a good mix of big names and big talent. I would have loved to see some lesser known actresses snag a role in this film. There are many many many many more talented women out there than Diaz and Jolie combined. Diaz reminds me of a poor man's Charlize Theron- just like Bad Teacher was the poor man's equivalent of Young Adult (quality wise.... I know it made more money Diaz nuts). Hell, if Scott is going after big names why not cast someone like Charlize Theron... ?

  • Talie | May 9, 2012 1:13 PMReply

    "Diaz is a name that hasn’t been mentioned, and really, isn’t quite in the same calibre as the other talent involved."

    That's a bitchy comment. Cameron can be quite good in dramas...I thought she should've been nominated for an Oscar for Vanilla Sky and John Malkovich.

  • Kate | May 9, 2012 1:40 PM

    I thought she was good in Any Given Sunday as well. Sexy/crazy/tough *is* in her wheelhouse. If she's playing Malkina, it's not really such a farfetched idea. I think she'd be a worse casting choice for Laura, which is what Jeff Sneider has been hearing.

  • Kate | May 9, 2012 12:07 PMReply

    It's fairly obvious that no one reporting on the casting for this movie has reliable sources. Why hasn't anyone floated the possibility that the role Jolie was looking at and that Diaz now has is that of third older, sexy woman in the film, Ruth? When the news that Jolie was interested in the film first broke (via Vulture, if I recall correctly), they said it was a very small part, which fits the description of Ruth.

  • All the haters..... | May 9, 2012 8:58 AMReply

    All the silly haters lol.

    Jolie has an OSCAR and several golden globes in addition to being nominated multiple times.
    She's considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world according to various non-tabloid magazines, Vanity Fair, Allure, Who, Empire, etc.
    She's the highest paid actress in hollywood by making only 1 movie a year, whereas the likes of J. Anniston have to make 3 movies + friends backend + smart water ads.

    Guess who's laughing her way to the bank as you ugly haters do nothing but hate :)

  • Who is this person and why are they on this site | May 9, 2012 7:53 PM

    I hate to be the one to do this to you but Golden Globe noms + attractiveness does not make one talented.

  • Female First? | May 9, 2012 12:40 PM

    Lol, the beautiful Jolie is living her life and very happy. I guess all the losers here must hate their lives so much they need to bag on this immensely talented and successful woman :)

    You're all probably obese, poor, uneducated in real life. Compare that to the world class citizen AJ.

  • Must be sad to be all you haters | May 9, 2012 12:38 PM

    So sad all these idiots have no lives...why stalk someone online that you hate?

    let's see, nomination for changeling (OSCAR) is that role of a crazy whacko?
    Let's see...golden globes for Gia, playing cornelia wallace.....very different roles from who she is in life

    Let's see...just last year Allure polled Americans and the majority said Jolie was their standard of beauty and this was 2011, so I guess not that old news?

    Hmmm, Jolie said she would move away from acting to take care of her kids in 2008....and she has done what she has said. An oscar winning director, Florian Henckel von donnersmacker (i spelled his name wrong), said she gets every movie script I guess her career isn't so much stalled?

    Losers like you idiots worship Jennifer Aniston and need to get lives lol!

  • Angelina Jolie's Restraining Order | May 9, 2012 9:54 AM

    Expect a visit from me soon.

  • e | May 9, 2012 9:44 AM

    They only nominate Jolie at the GG for the ratings, don't you know that?! Hilarious that you brought Aniston into this. Jesus Christ this isn't 2005 anymore. And that Oscar was for playing herself. I'm always embarrassed for people who are fans of this woman, no talent there to speak of and as for her looks, well let's just say she has a lot in common with the Joker.

  • Gorge | May 9, 2012 9:14 AM

    Hmmmm... Oscar to play crazy: not a stretch... GG: easily bought.... last movie? 2010, her next out in 2014... 4 year break = stalled career. Maybe Maleficent will help get her career back on track. Playing evil? well, again: not a stretch! World class beauty? no respectable source calls her that anymore... that was a decade ago. Since her cosmetic surgeries have been exposed... just look at the speed of deterioration. Get over it, your idolization is ill placed in Jolie.

  • Christopher M. | May 9, 2012 8:30 AMReply

    it's really not that shocking... Diaz at one time had a solid dramatic performance in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday...she just started making more money with terrible comedies and blew off the serious films...Jolie has been dropping the ball with a string of horrible films, one those awful roles even earned her another Oscar nomination...I'd rather not have Jolie ruin this film with her monotoned delivery

  • Ola | May 9, 2012 8:27 AMReply

    Cameron is such a better choice! She's known for her sexy and still looks hot... she has cuban descent too... and she can act in drama.
    Jolie has her easily bought and paid for GG awards/noms and her Oscar for playing her crazy old self... and like Pitt, some production company paid noms for Oscar... but no win for a legitimate ACTING award (that can't be bought)... somebody should stop drinking koolaide about that oversold media ho.
    I guess the producer decided to go with talent, a character fit and avoidance of the circus act that comes with Jolie and Troop.

  • Geust | May 9, 2012 10:16 AM

    You need to stop.. LOL. You're just making yourself look bad. Oscar is as legit an acting award as it gets, plus all her golden globes, SAGs, etc.

  • MAYBEBABY | May 9, 2012 4:35 AMReply

    I'm fine with cast as long as there aren't any Efrons, Timberlakes etc. So yeah, The Counselor cast is pretty sweet so far. i don't exactly mind Diaz taking a role in this ( even though i'd pick another actress ).

  • Glass | May 9, 2012 3:54 AMReply

    I liked her a lot in Being John Malkovich, but I can't lie and say my expectations for this movie didn't take a shit when I read that headline.

  • kris | May 9, 2012 3:47 AMReply

    i don't understand ridley scott's celebrity obsession in this.

  • Kevin | May 9, 2012 7:25 AM

    It's the only way this movie will get financed.

  • James | May 9, 2012 1:46 AMReply

    I'm actually a fan of Angelina but I am liking the thought of Cameron much more. She needs more of these roles, she shines in them.

  • Lucy | May 9, 2012 1:43 AMReply

    I think Cameron will do great! She doesn't always pick the greatest roles but I think she's talented. Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich, Any Given Sunday, In Her Shoes, and Vanilla Sky. She's great in those films.

  • Dan | May 9, 2012 1:31 AMReply

    Jeff Sneider on Twitter said that he heard Diaz was playing Laura and Cruz was playing Malkina but he couldn't confirm it, so maybe Twitch doesn't know who's playing who. Just a thought

  • James | May 9, 2012 1:54 AM

    Have to admit, that does sound far more likely...

  • mpbstereo | May 9, 2012 12:36 AMReply

    I find it hard to believe no one remembers her in Any Given Sunday. Messy film, not one of Stone's greatest, but there were a few key scenes with Al Pacino where Diaz was equal to the task.

  • Diaz>jolie | May 9, 2012 12:33 AMReply

    Whoever wrote this degrading article towards Diaz is obviously an angry jolie fan. Jolie had no talent at all. All she does is action which isn't even believable anymore because of her anorexic frame. In her Oscar winning supporting role, she was basically playing her psycho self--no "acting" needed for that. Everyone knows she IS that nuts. Seriously, Diaz may not the THE best choice out there, but IMO, she certainly has more range than jolie. Cameron can do action, comedy AND drama. Call me when jolie does something other than a femme-fatal nonsense. I don't care for Diaz but I'd watch her any day over some anorexic looking chick.

  • Kelly | May 10, 2012 12:07 AM

    TO: Female First? Why is it not surprising that the only way you can praise Jolie is by putting down other women. Says loads about you and dare I say the person you "represent"

  • Gorge | May 9, 2012 8:35 AM

    Legitimate acting award wins does not have a Jolie name anywhere near it! She plays crazy. She is now way too old to play sexy and her botox and surgical procedures are almost embarrassing, if not downright appalling. Evil maleficent is likely her last role, and in that little Photoshopping should be needed. Ridley is going for believable and celebrity. He chose wisely with Cameron over plasticized crypt keeper Jolie..... maybe he read the critic reviews from Tourist?

  • Female First? | May 9, 2012 1:41 AM

    You said the article writer is an angry jolie fan, but aren't you an angry jolie hater? So if you're saying his opinion is crap, then so is yours.

    Angelina Jolie won 3 golden globes for meaty roles, was nominated either 7 or 8 times total for golden globes, and was nominated for another oscar in Changeling.

    Jolie is a box office draw these days (partly due to media obsession, her beauty, worldwide fame, and making few movies). Jennifer Aniston bombed terribly recently as the lead of Wanderlust (She was in Horrible Bosses for only 8 minutes in that 98 minute movie lol). Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Rachel Weisz, Reese Witherspoon just to name another few have all bombed in the early 2010 to late 2011 period. Jolie's two movies in that time frame was SALT and the Tourist, both of which made ~300 million worldwide on a 100 million budget.

    The Tourist was supposedly a bomb but made such a huge amount of money and Johnny Depp's other non-quirky typical role, much as I love him, in the Rum Diaries bombed, so the Tourist's success was more due to Angelina Jolie.

  • padre | May 8, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    NOOOOOOO!!!!! What a horrible day for Angelina Jolie fans. Maleficent is turning out to be more curse than blessing.

  • Kelly | May 10, 2012 12:03 AM

    Why is it not suprising that the only way you can praise Jolie is by putting down other women. Says loads about you and I dare say about the person you "represent".

  • come on | May 9, 2012 12:58 AM

    Don't make it a VS with Angie. Remeber PC also was rumored to do this. BTW Cenima Blend has the similar article too. CD never done this so it is fair they doubted her.

  • josh | May 9, 2012 12:46 AM

    you sound mental relax why so angry? jolie has more talent on her finger tips that diaz will ever have.she was never attached to this movie in the first place so STFU

  • Guest | May 8, 2012 11:19 PMReply

    Jolie is wasting her time. In the past few years she's turned down Gravity, Serena, Prometheus, Wanted 2, Salt 2, and now The Counselor. She could have had one of the biggest female careers of all time and let it go.

  • Brad | May 22, 2012 1:59 PM

    This is to Female First. What film of Sandra Bullock's bombed in 2010-2011. If you're talking "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" - that didn't bomb. It's a film about 9/11... it was never, ever going to do more than $50 mil. I mean it's not like it's "Salt". And I don't believe Stephen Daldry or Sandra Bullock believed it was going to be a commercial smash, given an interview I saw between the both of them. "The Blind Side" did OK in 2009. Remember? I think Bullock broke records that Jolie hasn't came close too. Par.

  • Female First? | May 9, 2012 12:43 PM

    As someone mentioned above, Florian Henckel Von Donnersmack, who is an OSCAR winning director, has stated that Angelina Jolie gets EVERY single script available in hollywood.

    Plus I know that most Angelina Jolie haters are irrational, insecure females, but Angelina Jolie was the only actress to pull in money for her movie in the 2010-2011 year.

    Jennifer Aniston, Rachel Weisz, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman all bombed at the box office in 2010-2011, while the Tourist made 280 million on a 100 million budget.

    Movie studios are FLOCKING to Jolie hoping that she will grace them. THat's why she's buddy buddy with Amy Pascal, cochair of Sony Pictures.

    If you consider Jolie a failure in hollywood, then I don't know how bad you HAVE to consider (based on box office results) the above mentioned stars like Weisz, Roberts, Witherspoon, Bullock are.

  • Linda | May 9, 2012 9:25 AM

    Honey, I don't think Jolie has a choice in this! Hardly 'turning down' scripts, that's just typical PR spin! They (Brand) need money and she has been out begging for roles! Since her critically blasted performance in Tourist, nobody has bit until they could type cast her appropriately. Maleficent is evil step mother... perfect casting. Like earlier cartoon/game genre, they can Photoshop to hell, literally, and it'll just improve the experience.

    Along with Chanel No 5 commerical for Pitt, and selling their wedding photos to the highest bidder, this film will help tide over their exorbitant, living expenses so they can pretend they are royalty (really just new money displays and loose spending). Maybe they can come down to earth and live humbly after this? More in keeping with the humanetarian image when they don't live in 5star, jet settng to poverty areas! Yes, not a fan!
    Back on topic... glad Cameron stole the script that Jolie was begging for and arranged a PR photoshot with script in hand leaving Ridley's office!

  • Ugh | May 9, 2012 3:17 AM

    She wasn't turned down for Prometheus. And contrary to all believes no one has really asked for a Wanted 2 or Salt 2.

  • John | May 9, 2012 2:42 AM

    Turned down?
    Oh please, no one wants her and her drama. She can only play a sex obsessed wannabe action star or drug addict. The rest is miscasting. She acts every time she parades her children to the papparazzi. Now she looks like a skeleton.

  • um | May 9, 2012 12:59 AM

    She must have a good reason. I bet family and scheduling is one of the factors.

  • James | May 8, 2012 11:01 PMReply

    Cool and unexpected choice, and I don't see why they'd have to tweak the character all that much. It's not like there are no blonde women in Argentina. She's half-Cuban, her last name is Diaz after all...

  • tais | May 8, 2012 10:51 PMReply

    I only believe when Angelina confirms her next project. She works less , it takes more time from a movie to another. But I hope she can make a "small " movie between Maleficient ...

  • cd | May 8, 2012 10:42 PMReply

    I like this. Diaz doesn't get enough decent roles.

  • eq | May 8, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    IDK I don't particularly care for her but I thought she was great in Being John Malkovich tbh.

  • Orlando | May 8, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    Lol you guys treat poor Diaz as if she were a cheap C-lister or some talentless, unproven actress like Jessica Alba. This is Cameron Diaz we're talking about! Just because she doesn't star in many "serious" films doesn't mean she doesn't have what it takes. After all she was terrific in Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich and Vanilla Sky. I'm sure she'll pull this off greatly.

  • GHJ | May 8, 2012 11:13 PM

    Agreed. And if i'm remembering correctly, one of the Playlist's suggestions was Eva Mendes LOL, who's the exact type of talentless, vapid C-List bimbo who shouldn't be anywhere near this. I'm not a Diaz fan, but I've always found her underrated. She's given some great performances. On top of the one you mentioned, The Invisible Circus and In Her Shoes (a chick flick, but a well made one) are also good.

  • KitCon | May 8, 2012 10:31 PMReply

    Diaz would actually be a good match for Laura. But Malkina? Bad Teacher but much, much darker and more dramatic? Ridley Scott must see it but I'm having some trouble visualizing it.

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