Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is still dividing movie geeks more than any other Summer 2012 title, but that’s failed to abate our anticipation for Scott’s next project, The Counselor. Of course, it helps that the filmmaker is lending his directorial expertise to a script penned by Cormac McCarthy (the Pulitzer-prize winning author of such novels as No Country for Old Men, The Road, and Blood Meridian).

Production is getting going on The Counselor in London, where sound stage work will be complete for McCarthy’s Southwestern crime-thriller. Additional casting updates have been trickling out this week, as a result – with the latest concerning Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones) in talks for the film.

The Counselor revolves around a clean-nosed attorney (Michael Fassbender) who devises a “fail-safe” scheme that involves a rich acquaintance with criminal ties (Javier Bardem), where the two will personally offload $20 million of cocaine from across the Mexican border, with assistance from a shady fellow who knows his way around the biz (Brad Pitt). But can Fassbender walk away from this unscrupulous transaction with his hands clean and way of life preserved? (Spoiler: Nope.)

Heat Vision says Dormer’s Counselor role is under wraps, but “is supporting in nature.” The actress’ most renowned role remains Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, while her resume also includes a brief appearance in Captain America. Dormer joins an eclectic lineup of stars for Scott’s Counselor, rounded out by Oscar-winner Penélope Cruz, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Oscar-nominee Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express) and Cameron Diaz.

Check out the first Counselor set photos (featuring Fassbender and Pitt):

Insiders say McCarthy’s Counselor script boasts heavy amounts of the author’s simple, yet eloquent, dialogue, coupled with disturbing and violent plot proceedings brought to vivid life on the page via the author’s trademark masculine prose (some have referred to it as “No Country for Old Men on steroids”). McCarthy shocked his agents when he handed over the unannounced screenplay; the project encountered virtually no resistance as it sped on through pre-production, securing support from both Scott and 20th Century Fox in a matter of months.

Look for The Counselor to reach theaters by the latter half of 2013.

Source: THR, Socialite Life