Though production is set to begin soon, director Ridley Scott isn’t finished adding top-shelf talent to his next film, The Counselor. So far, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie are in varying stages of signing on to the drama, and now Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is apparently eyeing a role. Fassbender is set as the lead in the Cormac McCarthy-scripted project that centers on a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip his toe in the cocaine business without getting sucked down. He teams up with a rich acquaintance (Bardem) for the new business that also brings in the shady type (Pitt).
Per THR, Cruz would play Fassbender’s love interest in the pic. There was talk that Jolie was also circling the female lead, but other reports had her pegged for a smaller role given her tight schedule (she shoots Maleficent in June). No official offer has been extended to Cruz, but she’s already entered talks to the part. Whatever the case, Scott has already put together a stellar ensemble and I can’t wait to see the finished product.