Michael Fassbender Is The Counselor For Ridley Scott & Cormac McCarthy?

Celebrated director has been talking to his Prometheus star about leading the 'No Country For Old Men on steroids' thriller that begins shooting May 1st.

Ridley Scott has committed to making The Counselor as his next directorial effort and he wants his Prometheus star Michael Fassbender to lead, according to a new report at Deadline. Based on an original script by No Country For Old Men and The Road author Cormac McCarthy that was only sold last month, the low-budget thriller took the fancy of Scott a couple of weeks ago who beat out a number of other helmers to the property and he is eyeing to shoot as early as May 1st. That's about six weeks before Prometheus hits cinemas. Scott has been talking to Fassbender in recent days about playing the title role of a Southwest lawyer who gets involved in shenanigans way over his head in the drug trade and has been described as a very €˜masculine€™ work, occasionally diverting into McCarthy€™s €˜sexual obsession€™ in his works and 'No Country For Old Men on steroids'. In other words, it sounds pretty damn spectacular. Two major roles for female leads will be required, alongside the male lead and it is thought a deal with Fassbender will be thrashed out soon and that Scott is talking to other high profile actors about roles. Deadline say that when the producers bought it, they said of the film; €œThe spec falls smack in the middle of what everyone responds to with Cormac€™s novels. €œSince McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with its sexual obsessions. It€™s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy€™s wit and humor in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy€™s most disturbing and powerful works.€ Scott has recently been talking about his plans to direct a follow-up to Blade Runner and also a sequel to this year's Prometheus but The Counselor is taking precedent on those films.
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