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'The Counselor': Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem May Team For Ridley Scott & Cormac McCarthy Drama

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/19/2012 6:05 pm Updated: 04/19/2012 6:05 pm

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Dreamy couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz may find themselves working together on Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's new film, "The Counselor."

THR reports that Cruz is in talks for the film, though she has yet to be offered the role. Angelina Jolie has been rumored for the same part (that of Michael Fassbender's love interest). Jolie's fiancé Brad Pitt has already joined the film's cast, easily making this the weirdest casting story of the year.

Cruz and Bardem have been co-stars multiple times, perhaps most notably in Woody Allen's 2009 romp "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." (That film won Cruz an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; her husband won his Best Supporting Actor trophy for the McCarthy adaptation "No Country For Old Men.")

Ridley Scott fast-tracked the project after he wrapped Prometheus. Pulitzer Prize-winner McCarthy turned in an original script early this year, and like his "No Country For Old Men," "The Counselor" is also set on the Mexican border. "The Counselor," however, focuses on a lawyer who dabbles in drug dealing to disastrous consequences. Fassbender has long been attached as the lawyer; the actor worked with Scott on the upcoming "Prometheus" and nabbed the lead role in February.

Jolie will also be filming "Maleficient" in England this June, so perhaps her calendar has become a bit too cluttered for "The Counselor."

For more on the story, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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