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True Grit
Directed by Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Produced by Scott Rudin
Steven Spielberg
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Written by Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges
Matt Damon
Josh Brolin
Hailee Steinfeld
Barry Pepper
Music by Carter Burwell
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Editing by Roderick Jaynes
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Mike Zoss Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) December 25, 2010 (USA)
Country United States
Language English

True Grit is an upcoming 2010 Western film, written and directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon. The film is an adapation of the novel by Charles Portis which itself was filmed in 1969. The film is currently in pre-production and is set to start filming in March 2010 with a release on Christmas Day, 2010.

Jeff Bridges will play Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn, who was originally played by John Wayne in the 1969 film who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.



Mattie Ross, a fourteen year old girl, undertakes a quest to avenge her father’s death at the hands of a drifter named Tom Chaney. Ross persuades an overweight, alcoholic marshal named Rooster Cogburn to join her in tracking down Chaney.


The project was rumoured as far back as February 2008,[1] however it wasn't confirmed until March 2009.[2]

Open casting sessions were held in Texas in November 2009 to find the part of the fourteen year old protagonist Mattie Ross. The following month a website was created which appealed for audition tapes. The website stated that they were looking for a girl aged between 12 and 17 and that the character was 'simple, tough as nails' and 'her unusually steely nerves and straightforward manner are often surprising'. [3]

The film will be filmed in the Santa Fe area of New Mexico in March and April 2010. Granger, Texas is also a primary location of filming.[4]

According to the Coens the film will be more faithful to the novel than the 1969 film adaptation. In an interview with IGN in October 2009 Ethan Coen said;

“It’s partly a question of point-of-view. The book is entirely in the voice of the 14-year-old girl. That sort of tips the feeling of it over a certain way. I think [the book is] much funnier than the movie was so I think, unfortunately, they lost a lot of humour in both the situations and in her voice. It also ends differently than the movie did. You see the main character — the little girl — 25 years later when she’s an adult.”

“Another way in which it’s a little bit different from the movie — and maybe this is just because of the time the movie was made — is that it’s a lot tougher and more violent than the movie reflects. Which is part of what’s interesting about it.”[5]

The film is due to open in the United States on December 25, 2010.[4]



  1. ^ "Joel and Ethan Coen saddle up for truly gritty remake of Western classic". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Coen brothers to adapt 'True Grit'". Variety. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ "True Grit Film - casting Call". Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Coen Brothers to film 'True Grit' remake in NM". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  5. ^ "True Grit Exclusive - Movies News at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 

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