‘The Counselor’ UK Teaser Trailer: No Country for Michael Fassbender

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 26th, 2013 at 10:23 am,

The Counselor (spelled The Counsellor outside the U.S.) was the rare script that – once it had been acquired by producers Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz (The Tree of Life) and Nick Wechsler (Magic Mike) – secured an A-list director, a cast with multiple Oscar-winners, and managed to begin production in less than six months’ time.

Of course, that happens when you’re talking about the first original feature-length spec script that’s been written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy (whose novels were the basis for No Country for Old Men and The Road) – and the unofficial logline for The Counselor is No Country for Old Men on steroids.”

Michael Fassbender stars in The Counselor as a respectable attorney who decides to get his hands dirty in the drug business. Fassbender comes up with a “fail-safe” plan that involves unloading $20 million of cocaine across the Mexican border, with help from an eccentric friend (Javier Bardem) and a shady man who knows his way around the business (Brad Pitt).

However, this scheme fails to play out as smoothly as Fassbender planned, and so “The Counselor” soon learns to appreciate Pitt’s bleak words of wisdom: “If your definition of a friend is someone who will die for you… you don’t have any friends.”

counselor trailer michael fassbender The Counselor UK Teaser Trailer: No Country for Michael Fassbender

The Counselor UK teaser is just that – a glimpse of some horrible things to come – but the sheer intensity and timelessness of the story’s almost Biblical themes (greed, betrayal and the dangers of excess) come through in just forty seconds of footage.

No surprise, director Ridley Scott looks to have captured a moving snapshot of the Mexican borderlands in The Counselor that’s as gorgeously moody and desolate as the alien world setting from Promtheus (his previous Fassbender collaboration). Albeit, with a story which tackles equally heady ideas and dilemmas – as the Alien prequel/spinoff – but with possibly an even stronger Old Testament viciousness to the proceedings.

And can we talk about Bardem’s appearance for a moment? He’s been graced with a better haircut, when compared to the eyesore of a pageboy hairdo that Bardem donned to play Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. Nonetheless, he certainly looks like some kind of unscrupulous weirdo (one who might know rich crooks who own penthouses filled with women and leopards).

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Lastly, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz play a pair of female characters who “intrude” into the masculine world of The Counselor and play very important roles in the story. That’s an unusual development for a McCarthy-penned crime tale of this ilk – much less the drug/crime genre – so, it should be very interesting to see what McCarthy and Scott have in store for us with this one.

Rounding out the supporting cast for The Counselor are people like Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2).


The Counselor opens in U.S. theaters on October 25th, 2013.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. This has got classic written all over it!!

    Yes please, I’m in!!

  2. I’m not the biggest Ridley Scott fan in the world, but I might check this one out if word of mouth is good. The cast looks exceptional and I like crime movies. Could be a solid awards contender if done right.

    • I think originally Angelina Jolie was to play that role. I think the screen would catch fire from the screen sharing of Cruz and Jolie.

  3. Really wish they would of got someone other than Cameron Diaz.

    • +1 I’m not a fan of her, on another note, WOW Fassbender, Pitt, Javier, Jeez, this looks like it’s going to be memorable

    • Agreed!

  4. Why advertise Prometheus? I actually thought it was a fine movie with a fantastic performance by Michael Fassbender but it’s not one of Scott’s best…maybe just cause Fassbender was in it? I would have put “The Director of Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator”.

    • Haha yeah I thought that strange, like advertising Spielberg as the director of ‘Always, Amistad and AI’

    • probably because it was his most recent movie, and it also was decently high grossing so they can assume most people will be familiar with it.

  5. How is Fassbender not James Bond? I’m seeing this when it comes out.

  6. Because audience has a short memory span… So whatever the latest work may be, they include it to introduce the director.

    Otherwise contrary to everyone’s appraisal I am very pessimist about the final result.
    I love a good crime story but usually the good ones are more low key (like the Yellow Sea).
    1 it s sold as ncfom on steroids : formula and pumped up rehash don’t fare very well. Sudden death was “die hard on crack”.
    2 Scott, fassbender, Cruz, Pitt, bardem on a McCarthy script… Those dream team have a hard time to live up to the hype. They are too focused on catching some big names and the actors too focused on their status.
    3 sorry but I m far from sold on this trailer. Diaz looks ridiculous, Pitt seems to deliver a diet verson of his killing them softly part, bardem haircut is like ok ” we got it this is the f….. up guy on drugs. ” ( the whole deal of his bowl cut was to be undefinable : it is a choirboy/beatles cut with a little edge on a clearly very dangerous man – it makes him hard to define, creepy. It makes you think What is the deal with this guy?) the lines and their delivery sound very poor.

    I bet on a dud/ cult movie

    • Got all that off a 43 sec trailer, huh?

  7. It,s gonna suck balls.

  8. Such a great cast!!!!! Can’t wait. I love Fassbender.

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