BREAKING: Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem And Natalie Portman In Early Talks For Ridley Scott's THE COUNSELOR

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BREAKING: Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem And Natalie Portman In Early Talks For Ridley Scott's THE COUNSELOR
With a May start date looming for the Ridley Scott directed / Cormac McCarthy scripted thriller The Counselor, already confirmed star Michael Fassbender is going to be getting some company on the billing block very soon. And ScreenAnarchy has learned who that will likely be.

Stories began circulating in February that Javier Bardem, Jeremy Renner and Brad Pitt had all expressed an interest in playing the role of Reiner - the villain of the piece - and ScreenAnarchy has learned that Bardem and Renner are both having preliminary conversations with producers about the part. It would appear that Pitt is out of the running and we are told that Bardem - who has already proven that McCarthy's style fits him like a glove with his part in No Country For Old Men - is Scott's preferred choice. Barring a major schedule issue expect Reiner to be one of these two men.

Further, Natalie Portman is in early discussions to take on the role of Laura - the female lead of the film. Portman has chosen to keep a low profile of late, preferring to spend time with her family, but obviously this part is juicy enough to entice her back to work. Portman is also said to be Scott's leading choice for the part.

None of these conversations have led to formal offers as of yet but - as was the case with Fassbender - when it gets to that stage it's going to happen very, very fast.
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QinlongMarch 9, 2012 4:35 AM

If they're not available, no doubt they'll be replaced with Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz and Noomi Rapace. And if those ones can't do it, in will come Ryan Gosling, George Clooney and Carey Mulligan... Booooring.

Todd BrownMarch 9, 2012 9:31 AM

Fassbender - as it says in the very first sentence here and in a seperate article - is already locked to play the lead. Either Bardem or Renner will be the villain opposite him. And Bardem returning to a Cormac McCarthy story is anything BUT boring after No Country For Old Men.

QinlongMarch 9, 2012 10:00 AM

What I meant was, it's always the same overhyped actors getting cast in that kind of film. How about giving those meaty leading roles to people like Willem Dafoe, William Fichtner or Brendan Gleeson (to name only a few) ? It's not like Bardem or Renner are that much more bankable or talented than them...

Todd BrownMarch 9, 2012 10:10 AM

Talented, no. Bankable, yes. Those guys are all a solid tier below how Bardem and Renner are viewed from a financial point of view. And given what his next year of releases looks like Renner could very easily end up being the most bankable guy associated with this film (assuming he gets it) by the time it releases.

That said, I'd LOVE to see Fichtner, in particular, in this sort of thing.

Joe YoungMarch 9, 2012 12:40 PM

Well...like I stated before...my biggest issue is the director...