The search has ended for the unknown actress to take part in the Coen Brothers remake of the 1969 film, True Grit. The cast of the movie has already been filled with a who’s who of A-list talent including Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. The Oscar winning directors behind the new version looked high and low for a fresh face to take on the female lead, and they finally found her in Hailee Steinfeld.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the Coen’s auditioned more than 15,000 teenage girls for the role of Mattie Ross in True Grit. The character is the centerpiece of the story about a U.S. Marshal (Bridges), his sidekick (Damon), and a 14 year old girl (Steinfeld) who tags along as they try and track down her father’s killer. The original film’s point of view was taken from that of Cogburn, while the Coen’s remake we will follow the vantage point of the young girl.

The film has been scheduled for a Christmas 2010 release, which means it could be a prime candidate for next year’s awards season. A lot of the young actresses who auditioned for the role weren’t professional actors or didn’t have a lot of jobs to their credit. Steinfeld has three listed on her IMDB page, but nothing to write home about. She’s only 13 years old but she looks a lot older in her photos. Hopefully they’ll give her a fresh-faced look that will highlight her youth for the film.

What do you think about Hailee Steinfeld as this generation’s Mattie Ross? Who do you think could have played the role?