News this morning from The Hollywood Reporter that Penelope Cruz is the latest name to be circling Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Counselor. The film is most notable for featuring the first screenplay by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy who illiterate cinephiles will know from writing the books that The Road and No Country for Old Men were based on.
If she is offered the part Cruz would join her husband and fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem who is already attached alongside Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. A husband and wife appearing opposite one another is common enough, but having two couples in there is quite rare so with Angelina Jolie also rumoured to be involved, it would be quite something. Jolie is in a long-term relationship with Brad Pitt for the fourteen people who in the world who may not have know that.
Here’s a quick plot summary from THR.
The story, like McCarthy’s No County for Old Men, is set along the Mexican border. It centers on an attorney (Fassbender), a good man in need of money, who decides to dabble in the cocaine trade. He teams up with a rich acquaintance (Bardem) for a new business that also brings in a shady type (Pitt). Things don’t go as planned, in what is described as a dialogue-heavy, violent and racy script.
Cruz would play Fassbender’s love interest. The actress doesn’t have an offer, but talks have taken place and one is expected.
Production starts this June, so if all goes well maybe we’ll see this side of Christmas.
edit: and yes we know counselor will be spelt differently when it heads west across the Atlantic…