It seems like Jeremy Renner‘s been up for every juicy role in Hollywood these past couple of years, but apparently even he’s no match for Javier Bardem. Both went up last month for Ridley Scott‘s Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller The Counselor, with Bardem said to be the preferred choice, and indeed, the Spanish star has now officially sealed the deal. Also just locked is Brad Pitt, who was first rumored for the picture a few weeks ago. The pair join lead Michael Fassbender, who — despite all the A-list interest in Scott’s latest project — was the only confirmed star up to this point.

Meanwhile, it’s looking increasingly likely that Pitt’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star / real-life partner Angelina Jolie will board the cast as well, in a more significant role than we previously suspected. More details after the jump.

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How wild will it be if Javier Bardem plays the villain in another tense drug-related thriller cooked up by author Cormac McCarthy? The writer recently sold a screenplay called The Counselor, which Ridley Scott will bring to the screen with Michael Fassbender playing an attorney who tries to get into the drug trade just a little bit, only to find himself in deep trouble.

Now Bardem and Jeremy Renner are reportedly the last men standing in competition to be the movie’s bad guy, with Bardem favored by Scott. And Natalie Portman is looking like Scott’s choice to play the fiancee of the lead character. Read More »

Michael Fassbender is going back to work with Ridley Scott. The possibility we reported a few days ago, that Fassbender might star in Scott’s film version of Cormac McCarthy‘s script The Counselor, has come to pass. So just before the opening of Prometheus, which Scott directed and in which Fassbender appears, the duo will be at work again on a story that is being compared to No Country For Old Men. Read More »

Cormac McCarthy is helping delay the production of the new Blade Runner film. The author recently sold a spec screenplay called The Counselor, about a respected lawyer who tries to get into the drug trade without being completely pulled in, but quickly finds that he’s out of his depth.

The script sale led to the quick attachment of director Ridley Scott. (Who was trying to develop an adaptation of McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian a couple years back.) Now it looks like The Counselor will be Scott’s next film, and Michael Fassbender could be in the title role. Read More »

James Franco has been very keen on adapting a Cormac McCarthy novel to film. It was going to be Blood Meridian, and Franco in fact shot some test footage (with Mark Pellegrino, Scott Glenn, Dave Franco and Luke Perry) in 2010 to prove to producer Scott Rudin that he had the goods to make the movie. But Franco and Rudin fell out, and so Franco is one of several directors who have tried and failed to bring the challenging Blood Meridian to the screen.

Franco is evidently undaunted on the McCarthy front, however, as he is now reportedly at work on a film version of the author’s third novel Child of God. This one is a bit less challenging than Blood Meridian, but no less intense and, potentially, controversial. Read More »

That Ridley Scott Blade Runner-sequel might be even further off than fans had hoped. (Or feared, depending on your thoughts on that project.) Deadline reports the director is now in talks to direct Cormac McCarthy‘s The Counselor and is keen on shooting it after he’s done with Prometheus.

McCarthy, the writer of No Country For Old Men, The Road and All The Pretty Horses, just recently sold the surprise spec script which is about a southern lawyer who attempts to make money as a drug dealer before things go horribly wrong. According to reports, Scott has been talking directly to McCarthy about the project, hence the speed of it coming together. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Good news today for fans of author Cormac McCarthy (The Road, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses). He has written and sold a screenplay called The Counselor. It is contemporary and set in the Southwest, and said to be reminiscent of his novel No Country For Old Men. Much of the discussion of this new script calls it McCarthy’s first spec script (that is, a script written on the author’s own initiative) but that isn’t quite true, as No Country was originally written as a script before McCarthy turned it into a novel.

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You may recall that some months ago, James Franco was gunning for a job directing Blood Meridian, the acclaimed fifth novel by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy. Although that project never really materialized, Franco apparently hasn’t given up his dreams of tackling a McCarthy book. The actor/director/writer/producer has now shifted his attention to another novel by the writer, titled Child of God. More details after the jump.

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