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Trailer for Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' released -- in Russian

June 25, 2013|By Celine Wright
  • Brad Pitt at the the "World War Z" premiere at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival.
Brad Pitt at the the "World War Z" premiere at the 35th Moscow… (Alexander Zemlianichenko…)

Russia may say it doesn't know the whereabouts of Edward Snowden, but the country does have a handle on Brad Pitt in the new international trailer for Ridley Scott's “The Counselor," which has been released ... in Russian.

Those unfamiliar with the Slavic language won't be able to glean much from the new spot -- which has just been removed from YouTube -- except that it promises beautiful, familiar faces doing exciting, potentially illegal things. And unless you personally know the likes of Scott, Pitt, Michael Fassbender or Cameron Diaz, you'll need a Russian friend to help decipher what it's saying.

Still, we learned a bit more about the movie from the new trailer. “The Counselor” is based on a screenplay by "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy, here making his screenwriting debut. Javier Bardem, who starred in the Coen Bros.' Oscar-winning adaptation of "No Country" as hit man Anton Chigurh, is back in “The Counselor” -- without his memorable cattle gun (we hope).  

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The plot follows Fassbender, a lawyer who gets involved in drug trafficking and finds himself in over his head. From the trailer, “The Counselor” has that feeling of a splashy gangster movie, is filled with desert-set action sequences and a recurring cheetah whose importance is unknown (except to the Russians).

Pitt is rocking the long hair here, possibly in an attempt to look younger. It doesn’t quite work. Diaz, on the other hand, looks pretty much as she did in “Vanilla Sky.”

The last film Scott directed was last summer's sci-fi adventure “Prometheus,” which also starred Fassbender and grossed over $400 million worldwide.

"The Counselor" hits theaters Oct 25.

[Updated, 3:22 p.m.: We’re still not sure why it was released in Russian first, but the trailer was just released in English as well. Ultimately, you still learn very little about the plot even with the language change. You do get to catch Penélope Cruz’s closing line. “Have you been bad?” she says, her smirk making it seem like she's not so sure why she's saying it either. You can watch the English-language version here.]


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