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Fassbender Confirmed For The Counsellor
Shooting already pencilled in for May

22 February 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Fassbender Confirmed For The Counsellor

This feels like a story we already reported, but Michael Fassbender has just updated his status from "strongly rumoured" to "confirmed" as the star of The Counsellor. Cormac McCarthy's original screenplay is being directed by Ridley Scott.

The film is coming together amazingly quickly. McCarthy (author of No Country For Old Men, The Road and All The Pretty Horses) delivered his screenplay to his surprised publishers in January, and Scott was signed as director only weeks later.

The story involves a successful lawyer who thinks he's clever enough to exploit the system by moonlighting in the drug business, but finds himself quickly dragged into a world of pain. Naysayers are starting to mutter that that sounds rather like Breaking Bad, but producer Steven Schwartz is understandably enthusiastic: "Since McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with his sexual obsessions. It’s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humour in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.”

Those two female leads will be Hollywood's next most contested roles, we'd imagine. And there's also the matter of casting the villain. Deadline's Mike Fleming says he's hearing rumours of Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper or Brad Pitt, but presumably those names come up for practically every current project, and nobody is yet remotely confirmed.

True to The Counsellor's brisk form though, shooting starts at the beginning of May, so we should hear further updates soon enough...

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Sounds promising but I take this with a pinch of salt based on the fact that Ridley Scott hasn't directed a genuinely great film since 1999. More

Posted by harlequin21 at 11:52 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Sounds great. Officially excited. More

Posted by Whistler at 10:32 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Keep em coming Fass man
Very good news as I was getting worried with only 1 Fassbender film on the cards this year (Prometheus) as per his IMDB. The film sounds like a dynamite mix so far as well, bring it on. Just please don't cast Keira Knightley in it. More

Posted by Blyman at 08:56 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

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