Michael Fassbender Confirmed to Star in Ridley Scott's The Counselor
Posted 02.23.12 by BrentJS
Ridley Scott was so impressed with Michael Fassbender during the filming of his latest movie, Prometheus — a pseudo-prequel to Scott's Alien in which Fassbender plays an Android named David — that he immediately thought of re-teaming with the Irish-German actor when putting together his short list of headliners for his next movie. Apparently, the feeling was mutual, because Deadline has reported that Fassbender has committed to star in Scott's adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy's (No Country for Old Men) script The Counselor.
Not much is known about The Counselor at this time. Apparently, McCarthy's agents at ICM expected him to turn in a new novel, but he surprised them with the spec script for The Counselor instead, which "insiders" have been describing as "No Country for Old Men on steroids." The movie takes place in the American Southwest in modern times and centers on a respected lawyer who dabbles in the drug trade and gets in way over his head. Producer Steve Schwartz (The Road) said that the script contains "muscular prose" and "sexual obsessions" and takes place in a "masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humor in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier."
Now that Scott has his leading man in place, he's searching for the leading ladies and an actor to play a villain to rival Javier Bardem's Academy Award–winning turn as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men, with such names as Jeremy Renner, Brad Pitt, and Bradley Cooper being tossed around. Scott is looking to start filming on May 1st.