Michael Fassbender Is Ridley Scott & Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Counselor’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

With months of rumors and whispers around the Internet having left people wondering exactly which upcoming film hot-in-demand actor Michael Fassbender would be appearing in next – with titles like the RoboCop reboot and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah retelling being included in the mix – we finally have a definitive answer: The Counselor, directed by Ridley Scott and based on the original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men).

Reports that Scott wanted to reunite with Fassbender on The Counselor – as the two recently collaborated on this year’s anticipated sci-fi (prequel?) flick, Prometheus – leaked out just a couple weeks ago (at the time of writing this). Now, Deadline has confirmed that Fassbender is indeed “committed” to the McCarthy script.

The Counselor is a film that’s coming together at a surprisingly rapid rate, especially when you consider how long we’ve been hearing both Scott and Fassbender’s names linked to other projects. McCarthy’s agents were likewise taken aback when the acclaimed American novelist delivered the Counselor script back in December 2011 (they were expecting a new book) and have been scrambling to get this flick on the fast-track to production ever since.

Now that Scott has filled the role of The Counselor‘s namesake, he is reportedly looking ahead to fill the part of the villain. Early rumored candidates include the ever-busy Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, and Brad Pitt – who, as it were, helped jump-start his career by appearing in Scott’s Thelma & Louise AND is already slated to appear alongside Fassbender again (after Inglourious Basterds) in Twelve Years a Slave. Still, for the time being, all three of those stars should be considered equally viable candidates.

Insiders are describing The Counselor as “‘No Country for Old Men’ on steroids [and] one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.” Suffice it to say, with that thematic synopsis, Scott at the helm and Fassbender in the lead, the film should have no difficulty in securing an accomplished actor to play the antagonist. Nor should it take long for Scott to convince two worthy actresses to portray the female characters “who intrude to play leading roles” in McCarthy’s new dark tale about a respectable man getting involved in dirty crime business.


Principal photography on The Counselor is tentatively slated to begin by May 2012, with a late 2013 theatrical release date most likely in mind.

Source: Deadline

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  1. This has win written all over it.

    On another note – Fassbender and Pitt have shared screen time already in Inglorious Basterds.

    • Good point. I’ve gone ahead and added that tidbit.

  2. Best picture winner of 2013 easily.

    • I wouldn’t say easly. I thought j edgar would be the front runner going into last year. Clint eastwood leonardo biopic on hoover sounded like a winner to me. I was wrong. Defently has a great chance much like next year I see speilbergs lincoln ontop

      • You’re right, you’re right. But I definitely think we have something to be excited about here. What we do know: 1. The screenplay is being written by one of the great icons of American literature. 2. It’s being helmed by one of modern cinema’s most beloved directors 3. It stars hollywood’s hottest new star.

        It sounds like this thing would be hard to screw up. It could be done, but with this blend of storytellers working together, I don’t see it happening. Maybe it won’t win the biggest oscar, but I’m willing to bet money right here and now it gets nominated. And that’s not just because I’m the worlds biggest McCarthy fan. (or maybe it’s because I am…)

        • talking about next year’s oscars, if I was a betting man I’d be putting my money on Paul Thomas Anderson’s film The Master being nominated for just about everything. This and Speilberg’s Lincoln look as though they’ll get a lot of attention as well

          • That’s true. The master sounds really interesting. I wonder if Hoffman will give shades of Burt Lancaster’s Elmer Gantry. That’s the film that comes to mind… Lincoln of course looks amazing too. What’s not to like about Daniel Day-Lewis?

      • really? i thought j edgar was a loser from the start :
        1- a director that has peaked a while ago. And no flamewar please. Director are all about ideas and themes. After a while they start rehashing the same theme again and again. Everyone knows that Coppola is done making epic movies, that Spielberg lost his magic touch and that lucas has lost it period.
        I dig clint eastwood career but he’s not a director that excites me anymore.
        2- an actor that is obviously desperate to get his oscar. It’s kinda pathetic now. He stood by Scorsese(another has been)a critic darling as long as he could hopping to get on the oscar wagon,when he saw it didn’t work he went to the other critic darling. Next thing you know he’ll try to get on a Alexander Payne project. If I were him I would go for paul thomas anderson. This guy has been rising steadily, he’s fresh and he will explode very soon. Seymour Hoffman will most likely get a nomination for the Master.
        3- a freaking biopic.

        There is a expression for that “trying too hard”. Nobody likes it,even the academy.

        • In what way is Scorsese a “has been”? His films are still getting Best Picture and Best Director nominations.

        • Plus perhaps Leo just really likes the material and the Director as well as everyone else involved. Any actor would want to work with Scorsese as much as they can. Just ask Robert De Niro, who has 2 Oscars by the way, who continued to work with him for 8 films, even long after both Oscars were already under his belt.

  3. Hope this works,love all their works,all involved.

  4. I remember reading a comment by Ridley Scott about how much he loved 3D, that he would do it for every film going forward, any news on that.

    • I don’t remember seeing any interview or reading anything on Ridley Scott saying that, but Martin Scorsese said that and he wants to film every film he makes from now on in 3D.

      • My mistake. Thanks for clearing it up.