Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Coen's Find 'Grit' Starlet

Since last September we have known the Coen brothers next film would be a remake of "True Grit" starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. Today comes news of who will play the 14 year-old girl. Deadline Hollywood reports that primarily unknown 13 year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld will take on the role of Mattie Ross. Read the full report after the jump...

The Coen brothers went through a ton of girls before finding Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld unlike most of the other girls tested, has a few credits under her belt. Nothing that I have seen, but obviously she caught the Coen's eye and that's enough for me. Honestly, if the Coen's liked her, then I'm sold.

Hailee Steinfeld will play Mattie Ross, a 14 year old girl who learns of her father's murder and sets out to find the culprit. Along the way she enlists the help of a lawman played by Jeff Bridges. A role that was made famous by John Wayne in the original 1969 western. The Coen's went on record that their version will be far more realistic and gritty than the original. They said, "It's a little bit different from the movie -- and maybe this is just because of the time the movie was made -- is that it's a lot tougher and more violent than the movie reflects." Sounds good to me!

Stay tuned for more news on "True Grit" as it develops...

Source: Deadline Hollywood