By Jueseppi B.
The Counselor is an upcoming drama / thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, from an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. The Counselor is set to be released in the United States on October 25, 2013 by 20th Century Fox. The film is rated R for grisly images, graphic violence, strong sexual content, and language and will be dedicated to the memory of the director’s brother Tony Scott, who committed suicide during production. The script written by Pulitzer Prize winner McCarthy will also be released as a book. The Counselor will be the closing night film at the 2013 Morelia Film Festival.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ridley Scott|
|Written by||Cormac McCarthy|
|Music by||Daniel Pemberton|
|Editing by||Pietro Scalia|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||111 minutes|
The film tells the story of a greedy lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who finds himself in over his head when he decides to delve into the dark world of drug trafficking. Along the way we meet his naive girlfriend Laura (Penelope Cruz); Westray (Brad Pitt), a seedy middleman; Reiner and Malkina (Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz), a mysterious and dangerous couple; and Ruth (Rosie Pérez), a prison inmate represented by the lawyer.
THE COUNSELOR – Official Trailer 2013
Published on Aug 8, 2013
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author’s characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer’s one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.
- Michael Fassbender as The Counselor
- Penélope Cruz as Laura
- Cameron Diaz as Malkina
- Javier Bardem as Reiner Bardem’s hairstyle in the film is an ode to producer Brian Grazer.
- Brad Pitt as Westray
- Rosie Pérez as Ruth
- Dean Norris as The Buyer
- Natalie Dormer as The Blonde
- Bruno Ganz as The Diamond Dealer
- Rubén Blades as Jefe
- John Leguizamo as The Coverall Man
- Emma Rigby as Tony’s Girl
- Goran Višnjić as Blades
On January 18, 2012, it was reported that novelist Cormac McCarthy had sold his first spec script, The Counselor, to Nick Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Steve Schwartz, who had previously produced the film adaptation of McCarthy’s novel The Road. On January 31, it was reported that Ridley Scott was currently considering several directorial projects, but that there was a strong possibility that The Counselor would be his next film and his follow-up to Prometheus. On February 9, it was confirmed that Scott would direct. Soon after, it was reported that Prometheus star Michael Fassbender was in talks to appear in The Counselor. On February 21, Deadline confirmed that Fassbender had taken the film’s lead role: an upstanding lawyer who gets sucked into the drugs trade.
The Counsellor — New Trailer — 20th Century Fox Official HD
On February 24, Deadline announced that Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt were all interested in playing the villain in The Counselor. On March 8, it was said that Bardem was Scott’s top choice for the role, but that Renner and Pitt were also still in contention, and that Natalie Portman was in very early discussions for the role of the protagonist’s fiancee Laura. On April 8, it was confirmed that Pitt and Bardem had signed on in the Westray and Reiner supporting roles, respectively.
On April 19, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Penélope Cruz might also join the cast as the film’s female lead; reuniting her on-screen with husband Bardem for the first time since the Woody Allen comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Soon afterward, it was confirmed that Cruz had officially joined the film in an undisclosed role, later revealed to be Laura. On May 8, Twitch reported that Cameron Diaz has joined the film as Malkina, a role that was circled by Angelina Jolie.
Principal photography began on July 27, 2012 in London. On August 20, 2012, Ridley Scott halted production of the film due to his brother Tony Scott‘s death. He cancelled that week’s shoot in order to travel to Los Angeles to be with his brother’s family. Scott returned to London to resume production on September 3.
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