February 29, 2012
Variety reports that Paramount and Skydance Pictures have hired a new writer to tackle Top Gun 2. They've set screenwriter Peter Craig to write the script who is best known for The Town. The sequel's previous writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz never got around to writing it the first time around and were taken off the project. Director Tony Scott and star Tom Cruise are expected to return.
HeatVision reports that The Day of The Triffids remake from Sam Raimi's production company Ghost House has finally landed a writer. Neil Cross best known for writing the BBC series Luther and Spooks will write the film's script. Cross recently wrote the upcoming horror film Mama from producer Guillermo del Toro which stars Oscar nominated actress Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Headhunters, Game of Thrones). Not to mention helping with rewrites on Guillermo's Pacific Rim.
While there hasn't been a director named for Triffids the property is classic enough that it very well might be a project that Raimi could direct himself. We haven't seen a horror film from Raimi since 2009's Drag Me To Hell, so Sam's horror itch might come back. Currently, Raimi will be busy with post-production on Oz, The Great And Powerful until it's release in March of next year.
It sounds like a perfect comedy match up with ShowBlitz reporting that Kristen Wiig is negotiations to star in an untitled action-comedy from screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. The pair recently won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants. Wiig was Oscar nominated this year for co-writing Bridesmaids in the Best Original Screenplay category. The combination of the three is amazing considering Faxon was involved with the bizarre but fun Broken Lizard films, Rash being an integral part of the wacky show Community and Wiig being the funniest person on SNL.
Zero details are known about the project but it landed at Indian Paintbrush, with other studios making their own offers. Paintbrush is a new production company but has an impressive list of films that includes Young Adult, Like Crazy, Seeking A Friend At The End of The World, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Moonrise Kingdom and The Darjeeling Limited under their belt. I assume that we should be seeing some really interesting names attaching themselves in supporting roles.
When is was announced a few years back that Marvel Studios would be bringing Doctor Strange to theaters some might have been asked themselves, why? The short answer is that a Doctor Strange movie has been in works since 1986. A slew of bad luck and good intentions were futile. Below is the history of the film's development which included nine different writers and five directors previously involved. It's interesting to see some of the names that were once attached at one time. Currently, Marvel hasn't named a director, cast or even a release date for the film.
-1986 Bob Gale (Writer) ?
-1992 Wes Craven (Writer/Director) Savoy Pictures
-1994 Columbia Pictures Acquires Film Rights
-1995 David S. Goyer (Writer) Columbia
-1997 Jeff Welch (Writer) Columbia
-1998/2000 Michael France (Writer) Columbia
-1998/2000 Chuck Russell (Director) Columbia
-1998/2000 Stephen Norrington (Director) Columbia
-2001 Dimension Films Acquires Film Rights
-2001 David S. Goyer (Writer/Director) Dimension
-2001 Miramax Film Acquires Rights
-2005 Paramount Acquires Rights
-2008 Guillermo del Toro (Director) Paramount
-2008 Neil Gaiman (Writer) Paramount
-2009 Marvel Studios/Disney Takes Over Film
-2010 Thomas Donnelly/Joshua Oppenheimer (Writer) Marvel
HeatVision reports that "A Better Life" director Chris Weitz has been hired by Disney to add a write to the Cinderella script. The live-action adaptation already has a draft written by Aline Brosh McKenna (Devil Wears Prada) but seems like they needed a little more added to it. Currently Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) is set to direct but if he sticks around till the end of the production is another matter.
A few years back Romanek butted heads with Universal over the production of the Wolfman which had Mark back out and had Joe Johnson stepping in without being involved very long with the pre-production. The film was ultimately hurt by Mark's exit and it's unknown if he'd be willing to allow another studio make creative changes to his vision. That being said Disney is on a roll with their fairy tale films with Oz, The Great And Powerful (Wizard of Oz), Snow And The Seven (Snow White) and Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) also on the horizon.
February 28, 2012
Deadline reports that Irish director Brian Kirk is in talks to helm The Osterman Weekend based on the novel by Robert Ludlum. The author is best know for the Bourne series of novels. The film is setup at Lionsgate/Summit and is expected to be a new spy franchise in the making similar to Bourne. Kirk was in talks to direct the Thor sequel and has directed many television shows including Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Luck, The Tudors, Dexter and Luther.
I have to say the one person I see in the lead of this budding franchise is none other than Idris Elba. Kirk has previously worked with Elba on the serial killer BBC series Luther. Idris has been slowly priming himself to be the next Denzel Washington playing every role thrown at him from genre to drama.
Variety reports that Russell Crowe is now in negotiations with Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) to take on the lead role in his bibical epic Noah. Crowe had been rumored for the part for weeks along with a unnamed role being eyed for Liam Neeson. The Gladiator has had a few bumps with the last couple of films but I would shocked if Noah doesn't end up getting Russell back in the awards race.
Deadline recent announced highlighted the Dracula trend in Hollywood. In the same article it was also briefly mentioned that Guillermo del Toro was aiming to adapt his novel The Strain co-written by Chuck Hogan into a film. There are expectations it could end up a new horror franchise. Strain, is a contemporary vampire horror story focusing on vamperism as an viral outbreak. Guillermo is currently working on Pacific Rim with Beauty And The Beast on the horizon. Not to mention projects such as Frankenstein, Hellboy 3 and the Haunted Mansion in the works.
While Comic Con is months away but one of the most anticipated films that will be at the event is Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. The project is expected to be one of the biggest films of 2013. With that in mind one more awesome piece to the puzzle has been put in place. As DelToroFilms reports Ramin Djawadi will score the music for film. Ramin is best known for creating the iconic theme for Game of Thrones. He also scored for projects like Iron Man, Fright Night, Safe House, Person Of Interest, Clash of The Titans and Red Dawn.
Hollywood seems to have found their new Snow White as a third Dracula project is now in development. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has bought a pitch from writer Jason Keller focusing on a new untitled Dracula film. Details are scarce on the project but it's expected to be yet another origin story mixing the mythology of Dracula and real life Vlad The Impaler stories. The studio is aiming to develop this as a period piece franchise. It seems to have a bit of weight behind it with producer Joe Roth attached to it.
Roth is best known for producing Alice In Wonderland along with upcoming films Snow White And The Huntsman, Oz, The Great And Powerful and the Sleeping Beauty film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. Keller's credits are a mixed bag with films including the terrible looking Snow White cheese-fest Mirror, Mirror. Yet, he's also responsible for Machine Gun Preacher, rewrites on The Tomb (Stallone/Schwarzenegger) and a Michael Mann racing project Go Like Hell. It's interesting to see Keller and Roth working together as the pair worked on competing Snow White films recently.
There are two other Dracula focused films in the works. The first one from Warner Bros., Harker is less similar to this movie as Jonathan Harker a Scotland Yard detective focusing the trail of murders by Dracula being mistaken as a serial murderer. Universal's Dracula Year Zero seems to be the direct competition here as they both feature on the Vlad The Impaler connection. It's unknown at this point if this will be a more fantasy cutesy inspired Dracula take similar to Alice or darker in tone like Huntsman. One thing is for sure that the idea that it's being looked as a franchise means it's going to be a PG-13.
February 27, 2012
I can't believe I missed this but during the NY Comic Con back in December, Doc joking commented on still not being contacted by Marvel about Strange. Hammer also states he has notebooks full of ideas of how to make an entertaining Strange movie and even gives a gab at their current choice of screenwriters. The screenwriting pair that have been tasked to write the script recent credit is the Conan reboot which was a total disaster and bomb at the box office.
I get a strong feeling that these two have a great vision and that they could end up putting something together on the level of Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Considering they are equally comedy writers as they are great at creating wild action scenes. Doc and Jackson seem to honestly care about and are massive fans of Strange. Personally I think the pair should at least be given a shot at a rewrite of the current script on spec. Which I assume they'd be willing to do if not handing in their own script as well. At the moment Doctor Strange has neither a director or even a release date.
Marvel Studios seems to be one of the more open-minded studios and has given many directors and writers big feature breaks. Similar to Disney they are very creative focused and having these two aboard could have nothing but great results. The pair also bring their rabid Venture Bros' fans to table which seems to be the target audience to begin with. In my opinion Doc and Jackson would be an asset to bring onto a film like this. It wouldn't be that different than when Marvel hired Simpson's writer Don Payne to write Thor and now it's sequel.
February 24, 2012
HeatVision reports that Christian Bale has signed on for the lead in Scott Cooper's (Crazy Heart) revenge fueled thriller Out The Furnace. It focuses on Slim (Bale) a man released from prison after serving time for murder in 1986 Indiana. Silm tries to set his life in the right direction for the sake of his girlfriend but when his brother is murdered he's out for revenge. The film previously titled The Low Dweller was originally a film setup with Leonardo DiCaprio as the star and Ridley Scott directing. In the years since that announcement it hadn't had any traction. There is now movement and some rather large names are pursing roles. Variety reports that Viggo Morten sen could end up playing the film's villain along with Robert Duvall up for the role of Slim's uncle.
Another meaty role seems to be Slim's brother which has a group of young talented actors in the running. They include Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), Taylor Kitsch (Savages), Channing Tatum (Haywire) and Gerrett Hedlund (Troy). The latter previously worked with Cooper on Crazy Heart and Hedlund's role in Akira is now in question with the project getting the axe. Affleck is in similar situation as WB also killed Paradise Lost which had Casey set to play an angel warrior. Kitsch's profile is about to blow up with John Carter releasing next month but seems to be perfect after a performance in the hard boiled Savages. Channing also seems like he could do the film justice but the other names seem more interesting in my opinion.
It was reported earlier in the week that Ridley Scott's The Counselor landed Michael Fassbender as it's lead. An unnamed role alluded to as the villain had actors such as Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper were in the mix for the part. Now, Deadline reports that Spanish actor Javier Bardem (Skyfall) is now pursing the same role. Oddly enough in the new report Bradley Cooper is no longer mention as in the running. I assume he's either aiming for another role in the film or has moved on to other projects. Bardem seems like a given after his Oscar winning performance in No Country For Old Men.
Deadline reports that MGM has sent out an offer to Joel Kinnaman to play officer Alex Murphy who eventually becomes Robocop in the remake of the 1987 cult favorite. Kinnaman was originally going to play Lancelot in Warner Bros. Arthur And Lancelot before it was put on hold. He was also in the mix for the role of the Russian spy in WB's The Man From UNCLE when Steven Soderberg was involved. He's been slowly ramping up as an actor with a large role in AMC's The Killing and starring in the Swedish crime thriller Snabba Cash franchise. Joel also had supporting roles in box office smashes Safe House and David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The role had been linked to names like Michael Fassbender and Russell Crowe at one point.
February 23, 2012
Back in 2001, it was announced by Variety that Warner Bros. and David Fincher were going to be adapting the much praised and visually stunning graphic novel Hard Boiled from Frank Miller and artist Geof Darrow. Nicolas Cage was in talks to play the lead character Nixon. This ultimately didn't happen and everyone involved walked away from the film. The comic is similar to a mix of Fifth Element/Heavy Metal meets Blade Runner/Sin City. It features the setting of an over populated gritty futuristic L.A. littered with violence. The main character Nixon seems to live a double life but is unaware of it. Believing he's just an average family man.
During the height of the successful releases of Sin City and 300 it was back in development. Frank Miller talking to MTV mentioned he was in talks to direct it. The project quickly went into limbo when Miller's directing debut The Spirit tanked. If Warner Bros. is dying to make more comic book films Hard Boiled should be on the top of their list since the material if prime for an adaptation. The studio is currently beginning production on the sequel/prequel to Miller's 300 in the next couple of months which is somewhat inspired by his new graphic novel Xerxes.
THOUGHTS ON A DIRECTOR:
Ultimately the best director for this would be Paul Verhoeven who has tackled this satirical science fiction material previously with Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. Yet, the Dutch director has stated many times his distaste for sci-fi. It's extremely assuming since he's one of the best directors of the genre. Personally, I'd love to Verhoeven return for one more crazy genre outing like Hard Boiled.
I wouldn't rule out a studio loyalist like Christopher Nolan tackling the material. Since someone like Fincher was originally interested I wouldn't dismiss Nolan taking on the subject matter. He's long stated that he's a massive a fan of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and has dabbled with science fiction elements with both Prestige and Inception. This film explores similar elements used in Blade Runner and other films based on Philip K. Dick stories. Nolan is exiting the Batman franchise but hasn't announced for sure what his next film will be. He's notorious for not committing to another film until the one before it is released, focusing his entire attention to one film at a time. Given that fact we have no clue what he'll do next.
WHO SHOULD PLAY NIXON?:
When the news first surfaced I originally had Bruce Willis in mind but that doesn't possible as the role seems more psychical than I believe he can handle stunt-wise at his age. This is something I picture a younger 90's Willis being perfect for. With that in mind a few names come to mind. They include Russell Crowe (Gladiator, American Gangster), Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Boardwalk Empire) and Clive Owen (Sin City, Children of Men) who are able to play the everyman but can be highly action driven as well when needed.
Hot of the heels of a looming release of Greek mythology blockbuster Wrath of The Titans. Variety reports that MGM and director Brett Ratner are in talks with Dwayne Johnson to lead an adaptation of Steve Moore's comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars. It's expected even with Ratner attached it could end up a gritty battle focused film that hopefully turns out a mix of Conan meets Troy.
It's yet another high profile project for Johnson who has G.I. Joe: Retaliation this summer, Fast Six and Michael Bay's Pain And Gain coming out in the future. Johnson is no stranger to the swords and sandals genre with previously playing the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns and the prequel The Scorpion King. This also the second comic book character Johnson has played with aspirations to play Luke Cage for Marvel Studios. While I'm on the fence with the involvement of Ratner he's a step up from Peter Berg (Battleship, Hancock). I'm also betting that the charismatic Johnson will at least rangle this into a fun popcorn flick.
February 22, 2012
Deadline reports that character actor William Fichtner has replaced Dwight Yoakum (Crank 1-2) as the villain in Gore Verbinski's (Pirates 1-3) The Lone Ranger. Fichtner is best known for memorable roles in films like Armageddon, The Dark Knight, Heat, Black Hawk Down and Drive Angry. He also has a part in Neill Blomkamp's upcoming science fiction epic Elysium. I'm glad to see William featured in another high profile project. The rest of the cast includes Armie Hammer (Social Network), Johnny Depp, Ruth Wilson (Luther), James Badge Dale (The Pacific, The Departed), Tom Wilkinson, Helena Bonham Carter and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan).
Deadline reports the search is finally over for the actor to play John McClean's (Willis) son in A Good Day To Die Hard the fifth film in the franchise. Australian actor Jai Courtney has landed the coveted role. Jai is best known for the series Spartacus: Blood And Sand. He recently starred alongside Tom Cruise in his upcoming action film One Shot. In the movie John has to travel to Moscow when his son is jailed but the two stumble on another terrorist plot. Production will start soon with a release date set for February 14th 2013.
Apparently the role came down to Courtney and Liam Hemsworth (Hunger Games, Expendables 2). It's surprising that Moore and Willis would chose Jai over Liam. Considering that Hemsworth is a rising action star in his own right. He has Hunger Games coming out soon which is gathering him an international fanbase. Liam also worked with Willis on Expendables 2 that will also heighten his profile. Courtney is relatively unknown and while this move might have been great for a new franchise it's odd they would look to him for a role like this. Since it's assumed that John Jr. could end up continuing the franchise for Fox when Willis retires from action films.
It looks like Edgar Wright's relationship with Marvel Studios has paid off. Deadline reports that Disney has tapped Edgar (Hott Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim) to direct Johnny Depp in a feature adaptation of The Night Stalker. It's based on the 70's horror comedy television film which spawned a TV series. It featured a reporter who covered crime for a tabloid and his cases always led to supernatural perpetrators that included zombies, vampires, werewolves and aliens. Of course, neither his editor nor anyone else would believe him or allow him to run what seemed like outrageous stories. It will be produced by Depp as another one of his passion projects similar to how he put together Dark Shadows.
Depp has a rather strong relationship with Disney as he is currently filming The Lone Ranger and has Pirates 5 in development at the studio. It's expected that Edgar will end up writing the film but he is busy with Ant-Man and recently with World's End with Simon Pegg. Night Stalker is the first post-Scott Pilgrim directing announcement for Wright. Even through he's been long attached to Ant-Man for Marvel Studios a production start or official announcement was never stated. Currently it's unknown when this project could go into production since their isn't a script in place.
MovieHole has briefly mentioned that Taylor Kitsch has been added to the candidates for the Daredevil reboot. 20th Century Fox has set David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) to direct and write which will be based on the gritty Frank Miller (300, Sin City) runs of the comics. Kitsch is going to have a make or break year with massive blockbusters John Carter and Battleship heading to theaters. If successful there is already a John Carter sequel expected to go into production with the working title Gods of Mars. Disney hasn't greenlit the sequel so it could leave an opening for Taylor to make Daredevil sometime this year. Considering there doesn't seem to be a source listed I would take this as just a rumor.
Some might be skeptical about this rumor because he once played Gambit in Fox's Wolverine. However, it looks like Fox has scrapped previous incarnations of the X-Men characters with Matthew Vaughn's First Class reboot. This leads me to believe that we'll see all new actors portraying our favorite mutants (minus Wolverine of course) in future First Class sequels. The raging Cajun seems like he could be great addition to Vaughn's swinging 60's era X-Men universe. There were rumblings that Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Savages) could be playing either a new Gambit or Cyclops. Even the Wolverine sequel will be a one-off and likely won't have any connection to the first film. Not leaving room for Gambit to return for the sequel. I expect that we could see a completely re-shot origin for Wolvie to further separate the two films.
There is a new trend of actors playing multiple comic book roles like Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Captain America), Ryan Renyolds (Blade 3, Green Lantern, Deadpool, R.I.P.D.), Ray Stevenson (Thor, Punisher, G.I. Joe) and Idris Elba (Thor, Losers, Ghost Rider). I wouldn't be too concerned that Kitsch played a supporting character in a terrible comic book film. It doesn't exclude him from playing other heroes or villains in the future. That being said a few other actors have been previously linked to the project which includes Xavier Samuel, Garret Hedlund (Troy, Tron Legacy) and Bradley Cooper (Hangover, Limitless). Warner Bros. recently put an axe to both Akira and Paradise Lost which could give Hedlund and Cooper an opening to make the film as well.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Michael Fassbender has signed on as the lead in The Counselor. The hard-boiled drug thriller was written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men) and will be directed by Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Black Rain). It was also mentioned that Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt are in the mix for the role of the film's villain. Pitt seems like he could take the part since he hasn't played many heavies along with his connections with both Scott and Fassbender. He's repeatedly stated he might retire soon and it would make sense for Brad to finally play a full-on villain like the one in this film.
If Ridley is smart he'll try to convince Jeremy Renner to take a supporting part even if Pitt decides on taking the main villain role. I would assume like with any Ridley Scott project well known actors will want to fill out the rest of the cast. Even with high profiled actors like Fassbender, Pitt and Renner involved I could see more awards quality actors taking the rest of the roles. Along with the standard amount of up and comers that Ridley loves to use. Below are a few of my own casting choices but since I don't know much about the story or characters the decisions are a bit blind.
TOM HARDY: Hardy is usually the go-to actor these days. From commercial films like The Dark Knight Rises or indies like Bronson, Warrior and Tinker Taylor Solider Spy he's gathering a lot of praise. He does any sort of part no matter how big or small. It seems to come down to the director and the other actors he's able to work with. The Counselor seems a great project that Hardy could attach himself to. Tom could play a thuggish enforcer, a cop, an addict or even a fellow lawyer since he has a rather large range.
ELIZABETH OLSEN: Olsen has blown up in the last couple of months. She's ramping up other projects but it would be nice to see her take a part in this as either a girlfriend of Fassbender or even a college observing his character's spiral into the underbelly. There hasn't been talk of any actresses involved but I would like to see Elizabeth more than most take a role.
EMMA STONE: Running on the same idea with Olsen, Emma is slowly gathering more dramatic projects. She got a lot of awareness this year for The Help and has the period mob film Gangster Squad later this year. The latter seems like the most serious role Stone has taken to date. I'd love to see her take more chances on less comedic parts like with this movie.
JOEL KINNAMAN: The Swedish-American actor has a bunch of high profile projects in the last couple of years. Joel is also gather praise thanks to his roles the series The Killing and the Snabba Cash films. Joel was attached with Kit Harington to Arthur And Lancelot but the film was put on pause. Harington ended up signing onto another project in the meantime. I would assume Joel will do the same as well.
Comic fans seem to be divided on DC's decision to roll out a new series of Watchmen books under the title Before Watchmen without the approval or input of creator Alan Moore. The prequels will explore previous adventures of the dark superheroes not included in the graphic novel by Moore/Gibbons. CBM found an interview with actor Matthew Goode who was asked by about the new comics and his thoughts on them. He revealed that his character Ozymandias was the only character in the film that didn't have their origin chronicled in the first film and would like to see that revealed.
"I've heard they are doing these. It's not Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons who are doing it, but they've got some of the best. Who knows what will happen with that? Whether it will be made into a prequel or not?"
"Zack would have loved to have his [Alan Moore] involvement, because the book is so revered and its one of his favourite things in the entire world. Whether Zack would be involved in it again I don't know, he's pretty busy. I'm quite excited to see what they come up with. In some senses, my character was the one character where everyone else gets a bigger chunk of back story. I'd quite like to know what was going on. See if I was right about some of the choices I made!"
It was rumored around the release of the Zack Snyder's Watchmen that Warner Bros, DC Entertainment and Legendary Pictures were planning on making more Watchmen films. A Rorschach film was included in the rumblings. We should expect with the prequel comics coming out all bets are off since they now have material to work with. Watchmen seems to have been profitable for the studio even with the high budget. If these prequels were to happen I expect they would treat it the same way as they are with 300: Battle of Artemisia. As they would look to Zack Snyder to godfather the project if he doesn't end up directing. I was also assume the film would keep it's tone and gritty nature but the effects/budget would be scaled down from the original. Snyder is expected to return for a Man of Steel sequel that is rumored to be already in development. However, I wouldn't rule out him returning to Watchmen in the future.
My personal belief about Watchmen continuing is that comic book characters are usually fair game if they're not creator owned. Batman gained a lot when Frank Miller was able to write his own vision of Batman. Mark Millar revitalized Avengers which sparked new interest and resurrected the superhero team. Who is to say that some of these Before Watchmen books won't end up as good if not better than the original? DC seems to be extremely timid when it comes to their comic book films. They're currently only focusing on Batman and Superman with a possible sequel to Man of Steel along with new Batman films without Bale, Oldman and Nolan. The studio is still working out how to bring Wonder Woman to the screens without recreating the terrible response and low box office return Green Lantern earned.
February 21, 2012
EW reports that Jennifer Ehle (Contagion) and Nash Edgerton (Joel's brother) have landed roles in the untitled Bin Laden/SEAL Team 6 film. Ehle is best known for a recent part in Contagion while Nash is mostly known for stunt work. Notably, he doubled for Ewan McGregor in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of The Sith. His brother Joel also had a role in prequels as Uncle Owen. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Hurt Locker), the film focuses on true events that lead to the death of the terrorist leader. It's cast already includes Jason Clarke (Wettest County, Public Enemies), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jessica Chastain (The Debt), Kyle Chandler (King Kong), Mark Strong , Edgar Ramirez (Domino, Che) and Chris Prat (Moneyball). The action thriller is set for a December 2012 release date.
Variety reports German actress Antje Traue (Man of Steel, Pandorum) has landed another high profile role. They say Antje, who plays one the villains in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot has joined Seventh Son. The film based on the novel The Spooks Apprentice already boasts a stellar cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Alicia Vikander.
Deadline has learned that Michael Fassbender (Shame) has officially signed on to play the lead role in Ridley Scott's The Counselor. The hard-boiled thriller pits a respectable lawyer who believes he can dip his toes into the violent drug trade without it affecting him. His world spins out of control and tries to survive this desperate situation. Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country For Old Men) wrote the spec-script and hopefully this means the author will end up turning out more film scripts. It's expected that the film will start production in early May. They're also naming possible actors that could take the villain role they include Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt. It's not surprising since the film is being compared to the Oscar-winning film No Country For Old Men.
Pitt got his first big break from Ridley's Thelma And Louise so a re-team seems possible. He also worked with his brother Tony Scott on True Romance and Spy Games. There's also a connection with Fassbender as the two previously worked briefly together on Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Not to mention that Pitt will have a cameo in Steve McQueen's (Shame, Hunger) 12 Years A Slave that also stars Michael that will be shooting this summer.
I wouldn't rule out Renner as a serious contender since he's known for these on edge roles. Jeremy earned two Oscar nominations for The Hurt Locker and The Town. He's seems to have completed his commercial projects with Ghost Protocol, Bourne Legacy, Avengers and Witch Hunters. I would assume he wants to get back into more awards friendly roles. Even if Pitt get's the part I would hope that Renner end's up with a meaty supporting role.