The Coen Brothers’ TRUE GRIT to Hit Theaters on December 25th

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The Coen Brothers’ True Grit remake is shaping up nicely, with a release date having just been announced by Paramount: December 25th, 2010 [via Variety].  The original film starred John Wayne as a hired gun who teams up with a local lawman and a 14-year-old girl to track down the her father’s killer.  This time, Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon are the two trackers, while Josh Brolin’s onboard as the murderer.

While the Coen Brothers’ script for True Grit plans on keeping all the characters featured in the 1969 John Wayne version, it’s been said that the eccentric directing/writing team have taken the focus off Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn character for their version and opted to place a greater emphasis on Mattie, the young girl whose father’s murder gets the plot rolling along.  This falls in line with an earlier report that the Coen Brothers would stick more to Charles Portis’ novel with their adaptation.

For who may be a good choice for the part of Mattie, plus an obvious explanation for the studio’s decision to deliver it on Christmas, saddle up and hit the jump.

A casting call for the role took place just last month, but as of yet no actress has been attached to the role.  Might we suggest Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz?  If the buzz on Kick-Ass is to be believed, she’ll be pretty popular once True Grit arrives in theaters.

Variety’s article on the matter also points out that Paramount has positioned the remake smack-dab in the center of awards season because if the Coen Brothers knock this one out of the park, they may be cleaning up this time next year at the Oscars, Globes, and Kids Choice Awards.

As per usual, stay tuned to Collider for more on this remake as it becomes availableWhile you’re here, feel free to let us know if you’re looking forward to– or dreading– the Coens’ version of True Grit in the comments section below.

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  • ColinJ

    I read the script. It was quick and fairly traditional.

    Chloe Moretz is too young for it. It really should be Whatsername Ronan from THE LOVELY BONES.

  • Florentino

    Forgive me for being nosey but how did you come upon the script? I would love to read it myself if possible.

  • joker93

    Nah, Moretz is too young. I'd say, Saoirse Ronan all the way (she turns 16 in April), but with her signing on to Hanna, I dunno. In my eyes she's the obvious, most perfect choice.

  • amyplattform

    Mattie is only 14 when the book takes place. She is very young and precocious and tough. I would love to see an unknown actress.

  • Guest

    One would think the actress they cast for Mattie would be a mature 14 and wouldn't be too short. maybe somewhere between 5'3″ and 5'7″. I think Jeff Bridges is 6'1″ and Matt Damon is 5'10″. I believe the La Boeuf character flirts with Mattie and even though it was common for 14 year olds to get married during that time period I would hate to see Matt Damon flirting with a girl that looks 10.

  • smooch

    I agree with you, she needs to look old enough to be flirting with La Boeuf, and she needs to have some horse sence….I can't stand to watch a western where they ride horses and have no idea what they are doing…It's very visual to an experienced horseman!!!

  • smooch

    I agree with you, she needs to look old enough to be flirting with La Boeuf, and she needs to have some horse sence….I can't stand to watch a western where they ride horses and have no idea what they are doing…It's very visual to an experienced horseman!!!

  • georgiapine

    This is no match for the the classic “True Grit”. Jeff Bridges is a good actor but he is not John Wayne, and John Wayne owns Rooster Cogburn. There will never be another Rooster Cogburn. If this is all the famous “Coen Brothers” can come up with, a remake of a classic, then they do not have much talent and it seems they are trying to cash in on someone else’s talent and hard work. SHAME ON THEM!!! I will not watch it and my friends say they will not watch it.

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