Michael Fassbender must have had a good time making Prometheus with director Ridley Scott, because Deadline is reporting that the actor has committed to star in Scott’s upcoming film The Counselor, with a Cormac McCarthy script.
Filming is slated to begin on May 1.
The Counselor is supposedly reminiscent of the rough-and-tumble world depicted in McCarthy’s novel No Country For Old Men, which was later adapted by the Coen brothers. The protagonist is a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down. It is a bad decision and he tries his best to survive it and get out of a desperate situation.
With Fassbender cast as the titular character attention switches to getting the villain. Everyone from Jeremy Renner to Bradley Cooper, even Brad Pitt are being considered. If Pitt is cast, the actor would reunite with the director who helped paved his way to stardom with Thelma & Louise. and even some unexpected candidates like Brad Pitt, whose career launched in Scott’s Thelma & Louise.
After Fassbender finishes with The Counselor he’ll next re-team with Steve McQueen (writer/director of Hunger and Shame) in Twelve Years a Slave.
The Pulse: This bit of casting news has me pumped for this film. For one, Fassbender was the acting MVP of 2011 with his work in Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method, and especially Shame. Pairing him and Scott together with Cormac McCarthy’s first screenplay has made this one I’ll be keeping an eye on for 2013.