Committed to putting out one film per year, the Joel and Ethan Coen have been speeding ahead with their re-adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel, “True Grit”. Known as the film that finally won John Wayne an Oscar, the Coens’ version will remain much closer to the novel. With the casting of Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn (Wayne’s role in the 1969 version), today there’s news that Matt Damon and Josh Brolin could be joining the cast. Hit the jump because it’s not like a new Coen Brothers movie isn’t reason enough to get excited.
BFDMemo reports that Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are currently in negotiations to co-star alongside Jeff Bridges in The Coen Brothers’ “True Grit”. Brolin would play Tom Chaney, a hired-hand who kills his boss Frank Ross. Ross’ 14-year-old daughter Mattie enlists the help of the drunken and surly U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn. Damon would play a lawman who joins Mattie and Cogburn in their hunt to find Chaney in hostile Indian territory. The crucial role of Mattie, who is the main character in the book rather than the catalyst for Cogburn’s story, has yet to be cast.
Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon are going to be acting together in a Coen Brothers film. And thus I have yet another highly anticipated film for 2010.
Update: We’ve been given what might be the working synopsis….
On a mission to track down the man who killed her father, spunky 14 year old Mattie Ross hires colorful, drunken, one-eyed, fast-shooting, larger than life Marshal Rooster Cogburn to help her in her quest. This odd couple is well-matched only in that they both have true grit to spare, and they require every ounce they possess for their perilous adventure through lawless Indian territory…