Ridley Scott has reportedly recruited both Brad Pitt and Spanish actor Javier Bardem to star alongside Michael Fassbender in the upcoming thriller The Counselor.
The Scott-directed film may also include Pitt’s partner Angelina Jolie, as rumors having been making their way around Hollywood that there is interest in her to play the female lead, though Natalie Portman
In February, rumor had it that Bardem, who is currently filming alongside Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond movie Skyfall, and Pitt were up against each other for the role of the villain, but Deadline is now reporting that the heavy-hitters may both have a place in the film.
The Counselor follows the story of a lawyer (Fassbender), who finds himself in way over his head after getting involved in drug trafficking.
Production is set to begin production in late June, and Fox is expected to pick it up, as the director’s Scott Free company has a first look deal with the studio.
Jeremy Renner of The Bourne Legacy has reportedly signed on to be a part of the movie as well.
The screenplay for The Counselor was written by award-winning author Cormac McCarthy.
Bardem in particular has familiar with McCarthy’s work, as he played the sociopath antagonist in the film adaptation of McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, Anton Chigurh. The 2005 novel’s 2007 film by the same name won for Academy Awards including Best Picture.