We’ve known for quite awhile (almost a year) that the legendary Coen Bros. are going to be bringing us a new adaptation/remake of True Grit, which was originally a novel written by Charles Portis, which was made famous by a 1969 John Wayne movie (the only role Wayne won an Oscar for, FYI).

There’s four main characters in True Grit, three of which have actors already attached to them: Jeff Bridges is starring in the movie as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (the role Wayne originally played) and both Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are attached to the roles of La Beouf (the lawman Cogburn teams up with) and Tom Chaney (the killer of a 14-year-old girl’s father). The fourth role is, of course, the little girl and she remains the only character yet to be cast.

However, now it’s being reported by Deadline Hollywood that a young actress by the name of Hailee Steinfeld has been tapped to play the role of 14-year-old Mattie Ross. Steinfeld is an  unknown actress but she does have some credits to her name (although Empire notes that her biggest role was as “Little Girl” on the short-lived Kelsey Grammer sitcom, Back To You). She was chosen out of 15,000 young hopefuls (wow, that’s a BIG casting search).

Ross’s role was key one in the original True Grit book; it is her father who’s gunned down in cold blood, which causes her to enlist the help of Cogburn to track the killer. The book is very much filtered through Mattie’s point-of-view, and it sounds like a tough role, but the Coens obviously wouldn’t have chosen someone who wasn’t up to the task. I, for one, trust their judgment – their track record has certainly earned my faith.

Do you like who they’ve found as the last piece of the acting puzzle for True Grit (do you even know anything about her)? Are you looking forward to the Coens’ sure-to-be-unique take on the story?

True Grit recently snagged a Christmas Day 2010 release date. Filming is set to begin shortly.

Source: Deadline Hollywood