06/25/2013 03:20 pm ET

'The Counselor' Trailer: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem & More Go Bad (VIDEO)

What do Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have in common? They're starring in "The Counselor" for director Ridley Scott, a new violent thriller from writer Cormac McCarthy.

The film, due out on Oct. 25, tells the story of lawyer (Fassbender) who gets in over his head when he decides to engage in some low-level drug trafficking. Violence, mayhem and cheetahs follow soon thereafter. McCarthy, the famed author who wrote "No Country For Old Men" among other pulp novels, makes his film screenwriting debut with "The Counselor."

Based on the short teaser trailer, it's unclear whether the film will be among the year's top Oscar contenders. The pedigree, however, and the fact that "No Country For Old Men" won Best Picture at the 2008 Academy Awards put "The Counselor" on Oscar's immediate short list. Never mind that, at the moment, it looks more like something Ridley's late brother Tony Scott may have had a ball with. (See the 1990 thriller "Revenge," for instance.)

Watch the first trailer for "The Counselor" above.

[via The Film Stage]

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