THR reports that Penelope Cruz is now the frontrunner to play Michael Fassbender's love interest in the film, his fiancé Laura. But we wonder if the trade has possibly mixed things up? She would be much more suited to the Almodóvarean femme fatale Malkina, which would jibe with earlier reports that Angelina Jolie is eyeing the smaller role of Laura instead (and would work more in favor of her busy schedule which includes Disney's "Maleficent" this summer). Things have been murky about which parts the female talent has been eyeing all through this process so we guess we'll see how it plays out. But damn, Cruz would be another fantastic addition (particularly in the role of Malkina who we figured would be high on wishlists). If Cruz comes on board, it would mark the eighth film with her husband Javier Bardem (and if Jolie gets confirmed, she'll have Brad Pitt on her arm and it's gonna be a battle for power couple status).
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 (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.
Things should be firmed up soon. Production on "The Counselor" starts in June.