Ever since its surprise announcement a month or so back, "The Counselor," the first script written directly for the screen by Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy, author of "No Country For Old Men" and "The Road," has been one of the hottest projects in Hollywood. Swiftly snapped up by the producers of "The Road," the film soon had Ridley Scott attached to direct, and man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender locked into the lead role, an attorney who gets way over their head in the drugs trade.
But while a host of A-list talent were mentioned in connection with other roles, little solid information has slipped out to date as to who might end up joining Fassbender in the project. Having got our grubby fingers on the script, we weighed in a week or two back on who we'd put on the film if we got our way, but now Scott seems to have had his say, as Twitch has learned that three actors are in early talks to come on board the project.
According to the well-connected site, both Jeremy Renner and Javier Bardem, who were previously mentioned as circling the film, are having 'preliminary conversations' to join the film, while Natalie Portman is also in negotations for the female lead, Laura, the fiancee of Fassbender's character, which would mark her first return to the screen since her Oscar win for "Black Swan." No longer in the running, it would seem: Brad Pitt, was originally mentioned in the same breath as Renner and Bardem.