Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” has a lot of people curious what with it being the first original screenplay from “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road” author Cormac McCarthy. It’s a marriage of two visionaries and it has a stellar cast — Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem etc. Diaz in particular has a pretty showy (and raunchy) role and could end up in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar conversation at the end of the day.
How will it pan out? Scott’s been on a bit of a downswing in my opinion over the last couple of years, with films like “Prometheus,” “Robin Hood,” “Body of Lies” and “A Good Year” underwhelming (to put it lightly). I was a big fan of “American Gangster,” though, and “The Counselor” is treading similarly seedy waters.
The first trailer — of a sort — for the film has made its way online (hat tip to Awards Daily here). It’s a Russian quickie, basically a TV spot. But it gives us an idea of the visual vibe, the performances (Bardem looks to be doing his best Robert Downey Jr.) and basically just the groove. I imagine an actual domestic version will show up in some capacity soon.
Check out the tease below. (UPDATE: Swiftly enough, the English version has started making the rounds. The embed below has been replaced.)
Oh, and speaking of Oscar stuff, we might just have something planned in the very, very near future. Stick around if you’re ready to start discussing the new season already.
“The Counselor” is due out in theaters on October 25.