This will mark the second developing picture to star Pitt opposite Fassbender. The other is Twelve Years a Slave
, also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor
, and directed and co-written by Steve McQueen
(filmmaker behind Fassbender-starrers Hunger
and the-fact-that-this-movie-didn't-get-an-Oscar-nod-is-a-crying Shame
). This film illustrates the slave trade in America's Deep South during the mid 1800s.
And neither of these films would even be the first film to star both actors. Although they didn't share any scenes together, Inglourious Basterds
featured Pitt and Fassbender in large, heroic, equally scene-stealing roles. Fassbender did have the edge of Pitt in the art of accent-faking, though...
Are the two men looking to brew up a lasting partnership here? America could use a present day Paul Newman/Robert Redford. Picture Pitt and Fassbender duping a bunch of conmen in a high-stakes card game. Picture them robbing train cars and fleeing the wrath of the law. Picture them eating lasagna and talking about the weather—it doesn't matter; it'd still be awesome.
Pitt's position in The Counselor
is far from solidified. Others in consideration for the villainous role include Javier Bardem
(a McCarthy vet from No Country for Old Men
) and Jeremy Renner
. Even if The Counselor
doesn't pan out for the dream duo that is Pittbender (Fasspitter?... Bittfaspen?... Mad?), we'll still have Twelve Years a Slave
. And hopefully, plenty more in the future. This is a team with a ton of potential.