The casting process for Ridley Scott’s next project, The Counselor, has been an absolute dream for people who like to write down famous people’s names. After going through a laundry list of the biggest actors working in Hollywood, Scott has seemed to settle on the titanic trio of Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt to play the three main male roles in this Cormac McCarthy-penned, lawyer-gone-bad drama.

There has yet to be a consensus on who’s going to play the lead female role, that of the Fassbender character’s fianceé, however. The most recent buzz was that Pitt’s real-life fianceé Angelina Jolie was being looked at to come on board, but that never sounded like anything more than a long shot. And, sure enough, a recent report from THR claims that the actress’ role in the upcoming Disney film, Maleficent, would conflict with The Counselor’s shooting schedule.

That doesn’t mean that we need to panic though, because the same report also brings word that another huge name is currently in negotiations to lock up the role. Apparently, Spanish actress (and Bardem’s real-life wife) Penélope Cruz is close to being brought on board. Whichever way things go, it would appear that Fassbender is intent on schtooping one of his co-star’s ladies on camera. This may be the one time that Ridley Scott should keep his significant other, actress Giannina Facio, off of the set. You just can’t predict what’s going to happen once you get around that Fassbender magnetism, and, in this case, it might not necessarily be best to keep things in the family.

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