Last month, we reported that Brad Pitt was in the running to play the villain in Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor starring Michael Fassbender. Fassbender plays “a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip his toe in the drug business without getting sucked down.” The Counselor is being described as “No Country for Old Men on steroids,” which could be damn fine considering that No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy wrote the screenplay.
According to Twitch, Jeremy Renner and Javier Bardem are now the front runners to play the heavy, and Pitt is circling the smaller role of “Westray – a business associate of the Counselor”. Pitt rarely talks supporting roles unless he’s sharing equal time in an ensemble film Babel or Burn After Reading. It’s possible that The Counselor could beef up his role, but Pitt’s not hurting on finding movies that would have him as the lead. If he takes a smaller role, it may be because it’s a better fit for his schedule. Pitt is currently set to co-star in Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave; he’ll be seen in theaters later this year in the crime drama Killing Them Softly (previously titled Cogan’s Trade) and next summer in the blockbuster adaptation of Max Brooks‘ zombie novel World War Z.