For the past several weeks, we’ve seen a handful of mysterious and darkly intriguing trailers for The Counselor, the prestige-heavy new film from director Ridley Scott (written by one of the Great American Novelists, Cormac McCarthy, and starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Dean Norris). Most have only given the briefest shreds of a premise (Fassbender play a morally ambiguous lawyer, whose apparent clients, Bardem and Pitt, pull him into a cocaine deal), but the new U.K. trailer gives away the whole shebang (but not the ending, at least).
In the new clip, Fassbender’s recently-engaged lawyer is marked for death when a $20 million coke deal orchestrated by his clients goes bad when someone else hijacks the coke, and the buyers lay the blame solely at Fassbender’s feet. Enter then McCarthy’s typically swift and brutal apocalyptic violence and dark philosophizing on the nature of modern existence. Oh yeah, and lots of wacky hairstyles from Pitt and Bardem:
Of all the trailers thus far, this is the best of the bunch, in that it lays out an actual premise and plot, even if that plot seems a trifle predictable, as we’ve seen it before—slick guy gets sucked into the drug trade, a deal goes wrong, and all hell breaks loose.
The Counselor is set for an October 25 release.
What do you think of the trailer?