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Damon and Brolin Testing Whether They Have True Grit

Published October 27, 2009 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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The Coen Brothers' True Grit is about to get a whole bunch more interesting if Matt Damon and Josh Brolin decide to join the cast. While they are only just starting negotiations, The Coens know exactly what roles they'd like them to play.

Matt Damon, Josh Brolin in Talks for True Grit

Since Brolin's got a successful history with the Joel and Ethan Coen, I can see him easily coming onboard. Damon may be a bit trickier, though one has to agree that the project seems nicely suited for him. Wait, what am I saying, this is a Coen Brothers movie. Do rational actors pass up these up? I don't think so.

So far True Grit has Jeff Bridges to star as U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn, who teams with Damon's lawman character and a 14-year old girl to track her father’s killer into hostile Indian territory.

Brolin is in talks to play the killer. So who to play the 14-year old girl? Well, that might be one of the later roles to be cast, as Paramount hasn't even begun looking yet. If all things do go to plan, however, True Grit should enter production next Mark with hopes of a late 2010 release.

The Coens are producing with Scott Rudin and Steven Spielberg. The Coens wrote a script which is more faithful to the Charles Portis novel that inspired the original.

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