Where has Barry Pepper been for the past few years? Lately he’s been doing a lot of smaller films but I miss seeing him act out “grittier” material. It’s a new decade and he’s about make a return to the big screen with a role in the Coen Brothers’ upcoming film, True Grit. According to Variety, the actor has landed a supporting part in the remake that will have him taking on a classic character that he has a lot in common with.

The actor will play “Lucky” Ned Pepper, the notorious outlaw who was originally played by Robert Duvall in the Henry Hathaway version of the film. The original was released in 1969 and also starred John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn. In this take the U.S. Marshal will be played by Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, his sidekick will be Matt Damon, and their 14 year old traveling companion will be portrayed by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

Steinfeld’s Mattie is the central character 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. Pepper will join these three along with Josh Brolin who’s also been tapped to co-star. The Coen’s True Grit is scheduled to hit theaters this Christmas on December 25, 2010.

What do you think about Barry Pepper playing Ned Pepper? How is the cast shaping up so far?