First Look: The Counselor

Starring Michael Fassbender

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The cast of The Counselor reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars: we're talking Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and rising Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer (read ELLE’s interview with her in the October issue).
With huge names behind the scenes too, it’s little wonder the film is generating Oscar buzz already. Ridley Scott is the director and Cormac McCarthy penned the script about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who becomes involved in drug-trafficking – with predictably terrifying consequences.
As things start to go very wrong a steely, vampish Diaz (she really does look superbly mean) sums it up: ‘The slaughter to come is probably beyond our imagining.’
In the trailer released last month it looks like Javier Bardem’s character is responsible for coercing ‘The Counselor’ into the drug trade; ‘I always thought a law degree was a license to steal but you haven’t really capatalised on it.’
And in this just-released clip Bardem and Fassbender are in trouble. They’re discussing their next move in a bright purple courtyard accessorized with white leather loungers and cacti (naturally). Bardem’s costume is excellent – white trousers, an open cowboy-style shirt and a very orange tan. He looks every inch the nutty drug baron next to the suited and booted Fassbender, whose panic-stricken face conveys that he is way out of his depth.
Watch the clip below:
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