New Trailer for 'The Counselor': Sex and Violence the Ridley Scott Way

The Cormac McCarthy-penned crime film stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.

The second trailer for Ridley Scott's scorching noir The Counselor, based on a script by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy, has arrived and should nudge expectations that much higher for the Oct. 25 release. 

Starring Michael Fassbender as an attorney corrupted into joining the dangerous world of big-dollar drug deals, Counselor features Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt as underworld heavies and Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz as their pampered molls. 

The tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife -- or a taut wire strung across a highway down which an ill-fated motorcyclist speeds.