The Counselor is a new crime thriller that has gained massive amounts of traction in a very short amount of time.
The script for the film appeared virtually out of nowhere, and is the first screenplay written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men). With that kind of clout behind the words, it wasn't long before a director became attached to the project - and said director just so happens to be Sir Ridley Scott (Prometheus). With those two big names working together on a project, a list of interested stars was inevitable.
The Counselor has already locked in Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men: First Class) as its lead, playing a respectable lawyer who tries to 'dip a toe' in the drug business and ends up sucked down into the type of mayhem described as "'No Country for Old Men' on steroids." The film also features a ruthless villain (No Country star Javier Bardem is circling that part) and two prominent female roles - one of which is rumored to have Natalie Portman's interest.
Today we hear that another big star is interested in joining The Counselor: Angelina Jolie. Vulture reports that Jolie is in talks for "a small part," possibly a cameo role, given that The Counselor is slated to shoot this summer - around the time that Jolie starts work on Disney's Maleficent.
A prominent script leads to a prominent director, which leads to prominent stars, and ultimately, a prominent studio with dollar signs in their eyes. Vulture reports that 20th Century Fox could distribute and possibly co-finance The Counselor - provided that the cast ends up as high-profile as it's been shaping up to be. I guess in the movie biz even a sweet thing isn't considered a sure thing.
As always, we'll keep you updated on the status of The Counselor.