A full-length trailer for the new Coen Brothers film, True Grit, premiered in theaters over this past weekend and is now available for viewing online.
The western novel True Grit was originally adapted into a starring vehicle for John Wayne back in 1969. Wayne won his sole Oscar for his performance in that film as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, a drunken U.S. Marshall who helps a young woman named Mattie Ross track down her father's cowardly killer, Tom Chaney.
Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges will play the role of the eyepatch-wearing Cogburn this time around, while newcomer Hailee Steinfeld and Oscar-nominee Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men) will inhabit the roles of Miss Ross and Mr. Chaney, respectively. The Coen Brothers' True Grit also stars Matt Damon and will be more similar to the dark tone and violent nature of the literary source material than that of the John Wayne film.
The teaser trailer for True Grit was released last week and it hinted that the Coens will deliver a fairly gritty, morose western this Christmas. Cliché it may be, but trust us when we say: you ain't seen nothing yet.
Have a look at the theatrical trailer for True Grit below and see what we mean:
Major props to whoever was responsible for putting together this trailer - the combination of the Coen Brothers' visually-striking Mise-en-scène and the ominous intonations of Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" makes True Grit look like it will be one of the most beautifully shot and intense westerns to hit the big screen in a long time.
Joel and Ethan Coen are arguably two of the best filmmakers working today and it would appear that True Grit contains many of the same elements that have made their previous movies so memorable: sharp dialogue, solid performances, gorgeous cinematography, and a mix of violent thrills and dark humor. Christmas seems like a long ways off now, doesn't it?
True Grit hits theaters in the U.S. on December 22nd, 2010.
Source: Yahoo! Movies