‘The Counselor’ Negotiating With Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, and/or Javier Bardem

It’s getting to the point where there are so many huge names involved in Ridley Scott’s upcoming project The Counselor that you can’t even write a proper headline about it. Not only does it have a living legend for a director, but this is also a movie that’s being shot from an original spec script from a living legend of an author, Cormac McCarthy. Plus its attached star, Michael Fassbender, is one of the most sought-after future icons in the film industry.

And now an upcoming second round of casting decisions have The Counselor set to become an even more studded-with-stars affair. The Playlist has picked up a report from Twitch stating that three huge names are currently in talks to help Fassbender fill out the cast: Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem, and Natalie Portman.

There seems to be universal agreement on which role Portman is in talks for. Fassbender is playing the title character, a well-respected lawyer who tries to get involved in the drug trade, and Portman is looking to play the part of his fiancée, a lady named Laura.

Which roles Renner and Bardem are looking at seems to be in dispute, however. Twitch is reporting that both actors are in the running for the “villain of the piece,” a man named Reiner who is the impetus for the lead entering the shady world of drug deals. But The Playlist, who has gotten a look at the script, doesn’t quite buy that theory. They say that there are two prominent male roles, that of Reiner as well as that of a drug-running character named Westray, and they believe it makes more sense that Renner would be negotiating for one and Bardem the other.

Whichever way it works out, seeing any combination of these talented people working together sounds like a damn fine trip to the movies. If The Playlist’s theory is spot on and we could get both Renner and Bardem, that would be best; but if we’re forced to choose, sign me up for Team Bardem. Who do you got?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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