- Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, Goran Visnjic, Emma Rigby, Bruno Ganz, Sam Spruell, Rubén Blades, Richard Cabral, Donna Air, Christopher Obi, Barbara Durkin, Velibor Topic, Andrea Deck, Paris Jefferson, Alan D. Purwin, Mark Allen, Gio Dangadze, Carlos Julio Molina, Frank Spano, Gerard Monaco, Eva Dagoo, Daniel Holguín, Josh Wichard, Alex Hafner
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Writer: Cormac McCarthy
- Producers: Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Ridley Scott, Nick Wechsler
- Executive Producers: Michael Costigan, Mark Huffam, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Schaefer
- Art Directions: Alex Cameron, Ben Munro
- Castings: Nina Gold, Avy Kaufman
- Costume Design: Janty Yates
- D.O.P.: Dariusz Wolski
- Editor: Pietro Scalia
- Makeup: Tina Earnshaw
- Music: Daniel Pemberton
- Production Design: Arthur Max
- Set Decoration: Sonja Klaus
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men") have joined forces in the motion picture thriller "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Alicante, Spain; London, UK; Los Angeles, USA; Salt Lake City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language
- Production Budget: $30 million
- Production Companies: Chockstone Pictures, Kanzaman, Nick Wechsler Productions, Scott Free Productions, Translux
- Production Schedule: 30 June 2012 - 5 October 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "A year ago Ridley Scott was considering a number of projects that he could potentially direct once he wrapped work on his sci-fi epic "Prometheus." A few weeks later came word that Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy had sold his first spec script to a trio of producers. Though there have been several film adaptations of McCarthy's novels like "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men," the author himself wasn't involved in them and had essentially stayed out of the film world. Until now.
All of a sudden Scott's lethargy over what project to do next vanished. Within three weeks he was set to direct the film and a fortnight after that had convinced his "Prometheus" star Michael Fassbender to join him. In fact, the film came together with astonishing haste, scoring a dream cast and getting in front of cameras by this past July.
The early synopses for the film sounded like a less legal-centric John Grisham 1990s thriller about a lawyer who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. Script reviews since then have revealed the film to be a more dialogue-driven, nihilistic "Traffic"-style look at the war on drugs and cartel violence.
There's also reportedly a lot of eroticism and sex in the film, with Cameron Diaz onboard as a slutty sociopath in one of the more memorable supporting roles in the project. Brad Pitt also has a small, but key role as a shadowy character named Westray. I'd expect a flashy Toronto premiere ahead of the film's general release in mid-November."