Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cameron Diaz about to join Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbinder in Cormac McCarthy movie

UPDATED May 9, 2012: If you are Cormac MCarthy and you're the writer behind The Road and No Country for Old Men and Ridley Scott wants to direct your first original script, I suppose it is no surprise that your work will attract a stunning A list cast of characters. According to Deadline, Cameron Diaz is just about to sign on the dotted line "to join the spectacular cast of The Counselor, the Ridley Scott-directed drama based on the original script by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy. She will join Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. It is a strong supporting role she’ll play, named Malkina. Fassbender plays the title role of a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe into the drug business without getting sucked down, which proves to be a life threatening decision."
UPDATED from my February 12 post:
 The news just in from Deadline.com is that Michael Fassbender (Shame) has committed to star with Ridley Scott directing! Insiders are saying it's No Country for Old Men on steroids and Fassbender seems like just the guy to do it.
Hopefully they'll have something out by early next year unless they speed through production and post as quickly as they've done everything else and get it out late 2012!
Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Road, and two other books which have been turned into films ( No Country for Old Men, and All the Pretty Horses)  was due to turn in his latest manuscript to his agents. According to Deadline the agents were shocked to find, not a novel, but a script. The Counselor  is that script, one which is speeding its way through the process. Ridley Scott has committed to direct AND Scott wants Michael Fassbender to play the title role. McCarthy turned in his script in December, Scott is looking to begin May 1st.

Deadline says  "The Counselor is reminiscent of the rough and tumble world depicted in the Oscar-winning adaptation of McCarthy’s novel No Country For Old Men. 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."

Said producer, Steve Schwartz “Since 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.”

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