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Brad Pitt Circling Supporting Role as Businessman in Ridley Scott's 'Counselor'

March 16, 2012 02:18:14 GMT

After being reported to be competing with Jeremy Renner and Javier Bardem for a villainous role, the 'Moneyball' actor is now reportedly in talks with Scott to tackle a minor role in the thriller.


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Another A-list actor is reportedly circling a role in Ridley Scott's upcoming high-end movie, "The Counselor". Shortly after Michael Fassbender was sealed to tackle the leading man in the upcoming film, it is now rumored that Brad Pitt is approaching Scott to land a supporting role in the thriller.

Twitch broke the news that the "Moneyball" actor has booked an appointment with the English director in the last few days. It was said that the longtime partner of Angelina Jolie was discussing a minor role with the "Prometheus" helmer. The character Pitt is eyeing is called Westray, a business associate of the counselor's.

This was not the first time Pitt's name emerged as a candidate to star in the high profile project. In February, Deadline reported that the "Inglourious Basterds" actor was eyed to play major villain called Reiner in the film. His name was in the mix along with Jeremy Renner and Javier Bardem, who are now becoming the frontrunners to play the bad guy. Additionally, Natalie Portman is in talks to star as the wife of Fassbender's character.

Major plot details of "The Counselor" are still kept under very tight wraps, but it is reported that the film is described as " 'No Country for Old Men' on steroids." The story follows 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.

The screenplay is written by Pulitzer and Oscar winner Cormac McCarthy. The project, which is co-produced by Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz, still hasn't found a major studio to develop it.

Pitt, who was nominated for Best Actor at the 2012 Academy Awards, will next be seen in "Killing Them Softly" (previously known as "Cogan's Trade"), a crime drama directed by Andrew Dominick. His other next movie is apocalyptic zombie war "World War Z", which has been pushed back to June 2013.

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posted by Mass on Mar 19, 2012
Well, actually the screenplay has been leaked, and I have a copy of it in PDF format. Pitt wouldn't be bad for that role, he shouldn't be cast as Reiner though. I don't know why everyone keeps calling Reiner the "villain"... Anyway, my first pick for Reiner would have to be Joaquin Phoenix, but Jermey Renner wouldn't be a bad choice neither. Javiar Bardem is a great actor, however he's an uninspired choice.
posted by Luis on Mar 18, 2012
Let's not forget Brad Pitt got his first big break with Ridley Scott. Remember which movie?

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