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Angelina Jolie Circles Role In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’

Angelina Jolie Circles Role In Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

With Disney giving Angelina Jolie's big fairy tale movie "Maleficent" a March 14, 2014 release date yesterday, will the actress have time to squeeze in another movie before cameras roll this summer? If so, it will be one of the hottest projects brewing.

According to Vulture, the actress is in talks for a small role in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" which as you all know by now, boasts a script from none other than "The Road" and "No Country For Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy.  Set mostly in the border country where Cormac McCarthy's stories often take place, the screenplay follows the titular character — an attorney, whose name we never learn — who is in search of a big payday after he proposes to his girlfriend, Laura. So he hooks up with Reiner, an acquaintance with deep criminal ties, for a new business proposition: they'll take $20 million worth of cocaine from south of the border and offload it themselves, aided by the no-good Westray. As you might imagine, things do not go well for anyone involved.

So far, the only confirmed cast member is Michael Fassbender, but in recent weeks Jeremy Renner, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman have all been circling the project. Of course, if Pitt and Jolie were both to take a role, it would mark their first time on screen together since "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." There is no word yet on exactly what part Jolie is taking a look at, but if it's a small role, then we presume it's for the part of Laura, the lead character's fiancé. We read the script and though we said she's a bit underwritten (nothing a punch up can't fix), she does have a couple of great scenes, including the opening sequence.

Scheduling shouldn't be an issue as "The Counselor" is set to lens in June, with "Maleficent" gearing up for July or August. Jolie and Scott haven't worked together before, but they do have a history, as the director was eyeing her Gertrude Bell biopic last fall. This would certainly be a nice way to test the waters of working together. Fox is now looking to finance and distribute the pic, provided Scott can pull together a compelling cast, and we don't doubt he'll able to do just that.

With it set to start in just a couple of months, here's hoping we get more official word on "The Counselor" soon…

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Comments

padre

Whoa. Now this is news! It would be eye-poppingly awesome.

Toni

I love Angelina but I don't think she'd be good for the girlfriend role, she's said before that she wouldn't accept a movie offer if it was just a girlfriend part. I think she's much better suited to be the Reiner – if he was a girl.

Jacob

Oh no. I hope it's a small part. Penelope Cruz was seen meeting with Ridley and again I say oh no. Go with some unknowns please Ridley!!!!!

gonad

Is Ridders gonna shoot this in 3D?

Glenda

Something else to keep in mind – Ridley (& Tony) Scott is good friends with Brad Pitt and has been since Pitt did Thelma & Louise in the early '90s. Most recently the Scotts co-produced, with Pitt, Pitt's The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford in 2005. So there's a long history there with Ridley Scott and Brad Pitt. I wouldn't be surprised to see both Pitt and Jolie turn up in this movie – if scheduling permits.

Oogle monster

I hope to god she is not circling the role of Malkina. Yes, she has the physical beauty to pull it off but I'm still not convinced she has the acting chops. I like Jolie when she's playing against type which would mean NO MALKINA. Step away from Malkina. Malkina is reserved! Interestingly enough, Pitt did mention in an interview that Jolie and him were looking to work together again and had a couple of projects in mind. Dear Korean Jesus, please let it not be this film.

James

Unless Fassbender is going to be cloned, how is he supposed to be in Twelve Years A Slave and this film at the same time as it was reported that Twelve Years was going to start filming in June in Louisiana.

KitCon

Jolie actually seems like a perfect fit for the other female character, Reiner's girlfirend, but the part won't be a quick cameo.

art vandelay

great now this potentially fantastic film is going to become the jolie pitt show

Helgi

Please, do not ruin this movie with a cartoon player.

Benjamin

No… damn. Horrible casting.

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