Penélope Cruz (Volver) is circling a role in The Counselor, a dramatic thriller penned by author-turned-screenwriter Cormac McCarthy.

Cruz, who won an Academy Award for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, will star opposite Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Angelina Jolie in what’s being described as “dialogue-heavy, violent and racy”.

The Counselor centers on an attorney (Fassbender) who finds himself caught up in the drug trade after coming into contact with the wealthy Reiner (Bardem) and his shifty associate Westray (Pitt). Cruz will play Fassbender’s romantic interest, a role Natalie Portman once showed interest in.

Ridley Scott is attached to direct, with production scheduled to start in June, around the same time his buzzworthy sci-fi actioner Prometheus hits cinema screens around the world.

Source: THR