Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt star in the latest trailer for The Counselor

Michael Fassbender and Penelope Cruz in The Counselor

Given the craze directors and studios went in when they found out Cormac McCarthy was writing a new book, there’s a lot of pressure on Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR.  It features an A-list cast and a dark story, so the Academy should eat it up.  This new trailer doesn’t give us a whole lot of new footage and it clocks in around a minute, but it’s still pretty gripping.  THE COUNSELOR stars: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Natalie Dormer, Goran Visnjic, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez. THE COUNSELOR will hit theaters on October 25th, 2013.

The official Amazon synopsis for Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’: On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade—and gambles that the consequences won’t catch up to him.  Along the gritty terrain of the Texas–Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope is that it will be a one-time deal and that, afterward, he can settle into life with his beloved fiancée. But instead, the Counselor finds himself mired in a brutal and dangerous game—one that threatens to destroy everything and everyone he loves. Deft, shocking, and unforgettable, McCarthy is at his finest in this gripping tale about risk, consequence, and the treacherous balance between the two.

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