Everybody's favorite filmmaking brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, have just cast the missing ingredient in their planned remake of the John Wayne classic True Grit. Set to join Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin is relatively unknown thirteen year old Hailee Steinfeld who will play the vital Mattie Ross role.
The 13-year old will play the centerpiece of a new adaptation of the Charles Portis novel, with Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin starring. Mattie Ross is the 14-year old spitfire whose father has been mowed down in cold blood by Tom Chaney (Brolin). Determined to bring the killer to justice, Mattie enlists hard-drinking U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) to track the killer before a Texas Ranger (Damon) does. The Coens are producing with Scott Rudin. [via deadline hollywood]
Conisdering the original is one of my all time favorite westerns, the Coens ability to make fine fine cinema, and the cast already in hand, I have a pretty serious nerd-on for this movie. We'll keep you updated with any new details but for now just remember, she's only thirteen.