Ridley Scott Confirmed for 'The Counselor' and Fassbender May Star
Not too long ago we heard that director Ridley Scott was circling the Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) scripted film The Counselor. Now Deadline confirms that Scott has made the project his next film as a director, and he might be bringing one of his Prometheus stars with him to lead the story of a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting stuck in the seedy underbelly. Apparently Michael Fassbender has been talking with Scott about taking the lead role, and while an official offer hasn't been made, it sounds like it's pretty close to happening.
The plan is to start shooting the film described as "No Country for Old Men on steroids" sometime in May, and this will mark McCarthy's first spec script in Hollywood. Aside from Fassbender, apparently there's a lot of big name actors looking to snag roles in the film, so if he falls through, there's plenty of stars waiting to fill his shoes and take supporting roles as well. What's most intriguing and even promising about the script is that there will have only been six months between the time McCarthy turned in this script and the start of production which makes me think we're dealing with something very special here.