Yep. This is basically what I figured. We now have an official trailer for Sir Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, courtesy of YouTube, and yet, we still aren’t 100% sure what to expect out of the dark, criminal thriller. And that’s ideal. How much more do you need to know beyond the fact that it’s Scott working with a tremendous ensemble that includes Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz? Oh, and they are working off of an original script by Cormac McCarthy, the award-winning storyteller responsible for No Country for Old Men and The Road. Done. You’re in. Right?

Here’s what we’re able to take away from the official trailer. Fassbender is a dirty, crooked lawyer who’s about to double cross some wicked players in the international drug trade. Pitt’s seasoned character tries to warn him off … but it wouldn’t be much of a movie if Fassbender listened, now, would it? His actions tick off a chilly Cameron Diaz, and endanger his fiancé (Cruz). And if the screws are turned properly, Scott could have his answer to Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country.

The trailer arrives on the heels of three short, mysterious clips that landed yesterday courtesy of Rope of Silicon. I’m including them below, so you can feast on the latest Counselor footage as you try to deduce what Scott and company have in store.

Also, pay attention to the Twitter hashtag #HaveYouBeenBad, as it likely will have a lot more information on Scott’s drama as we get closer and closer to the film’s Oct. 25 release date. For now, this first trailer looks exceptional. I only hope that audiences give it the respect it deserves, because the last time Pitt tried criminal mischief like this, the underrated Killing Them Softly died on the vine.

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