It’s been a long time since I felt the need to say this, but “Oh snap!” According to Variety, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon are in talks to star in the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit. That’s right, the 1969 western that earned John Wayne his Oscar is still being remade by the duo. As we previously announced last month, Jeff Bridges will take on Wayne’s famous role as Cogburn, a man out for revenge.
Damon is in negotiations to star as the lawman (played by Glen Campbell in the original) who teams with Cogburn and a 14-year old girl to track her father’s killer into hostile Indian territory. Brolin will be the bad guy in the film, and is in talks to play the killer, who was portrayed by Jeff Corey the original. The only role left open is the young girl, and with all of these strong established actors rounding out the cast, she needs to be good.
True Grit will be released by Paramount sometime next year, and the film is co-produced by Scott Rudin and Steven Spielberg. This casting is out of control and I mean that in a good way. I’m really going to need them to search high and low for a great young actress to star opposite these guys, because there’s a lot of talent in front and behind the camera here.
What do you think about Damon and Brolin starring in True Grit? Who should play the young girl?