Last week brought news that of a possibility that both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would co-star in The Counselor, the new film from director Ridley Scott based on an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. It was an interesting story not only because it meant yet another A-list star could be joining the cast, but because it would bring the couple together on-screen for the first time since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. But with Maleficent set to start production in June, there's a possibility that Jolie will not be able to take the part. So naturally they're now looking at another one of the star's significant others.

Penelope Cruz, who has been married to Javier Bardem since 2010, is apparently interested in joining The Counselor, which would team her up with her husband for the eighth time. The film is already set to star Michael Fassbender as a lawyer living on the Mexican border who tries his hand at the drug game, thinking that he can make some quick cash and then make a quick exit. When things go wrong, though, he finds himself struggling to survive. THR says that Bardem is set to play a wealthy acquaintance of Fassbender's character who goes into business with the protagonist while Pitt will be a "shady type" who comes along for the ride. While there is no offer on the table just yet, talks have begun and it's reported that Cruz would play the love interest of Fassbender's character.

Production on The Counselor is currently aiming to start in the beginning of May.
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