The Coen Bros. ‘True Grit’ Snags Christmas Release

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:40 pm,

True Grit the Coen brothers The Coen Bros. True Grit Snags Christmas Release

We learned in March of last year that the great Coen Brothers were set to bring us a remake/new adaptation of True Grit, which was originally a novel that was adapted into a classic John Wayne film of the same name in 1969 (the one and only time Wayne won an Oscar, FYI). The Coen’s version will star Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and possibly Josh Brolin.

In an update, Variety recently reported that Paramount Pictures is planning on releasing True Grit on Christmas Day 2010. That puts it on the latter end of the season when “Oscar-bait” films usually get released, and if they make it anywhere near as good as their multiple Oscar-winner, No Country for Old Men, then I have no doubt we’ll see the Coens making yet another appearance at the Oscars in 2011.

Bridges is set to play U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (originally played by Wayne), who teams up with Matt Damon’s lawman character (originally named La Beouf and played by Glen Campbell). Damon is listed as co-starring, so it appears the previous talks he was in for the role went well. There’s no mention of Brolin in Variety‘s article, so either that means talks fell through with him or they’re still going on (I suspect the latter – after all, Brolin starred in No Country for Old Men).

There was a casting call last month for the part of the 14-year-old girl whose father is murdered (by the character Brolin would play if he’s cast), which sets the whole plot in motion. There’s no word on who the studio has in mind for the role, but the guys over at Collider make a smart suggestion with Chloe Moretz, who is fast-rising stare due to her roles in both Kick-Ass (where she swears like a sailor) and the English-language remake of Let the Right One In, entitled Let Me In. I personally think Collider is right on the money with that casting suggestion.

Are you looking forward to the Coen Brothers’ version of True Grit? Is Moretz a good choice to play the little girl or do you think another young actress would be a better choice (if so, who)?

As stated, True Grit is set to be released on Christmas Day this year. Shooting is expected to begin this March.

Sources: Variety and Collider

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  1. My daughter Breanna auditioned for the part in Arizona, I am partial but she would be great. It was a great experience for her nonetheless and we are so proud of her efforts.

  2. Chloe is adorable but I can't see her as Mattie Ross, she looks and comes across younger than her actual age of 12, and she is doesn't seem tough enough. I would expect Mattie to be a girl beyond her years and hardened by life's tragedies. Tough role to fill because she also has to be likable. Chloe does have experience in the recent roles as you mentioned but they were all very commercial films.

  3. Mi'chela Creel from Edmond Oklahoma is my choice!

  4. My vote is definitely for Makenna Blough, whose father, John Wayne Blough, is one of Mississippi's own “famous Cowboys” and Makenna was reared on family values and on the back of a horse.

  5. You can't remake a John Wayne classic.

  6. You can't remake a John Wayne classic.