Matt Damon & Josh Brolin Joining the Coen Brothers' True Grit
by Ethan Anderton
October 26, 2009
Over a month ago we found out that Jeff Bridges was set to take on the lead role in Joel and Ethan Coen's remake of the classic John Wayne western True Grit. While there certainly seems to be some dissension amongst the hardcore western/John Wayne fans out there, the Coens are still moving full steam ahead as THR reports that additionally Matt Damon and Josh Brolin have also been approached to take on lead roles in this story of two men in uniform tracking the killer of a 14 year-old girl's father. Damon would play the lawman opposite the already cast Jeff Bridges while Brolin would be the murderous man they're chasing.
As we no doubt know, Brolin has already worked with the Coens in the Academy Award winning No Country for Old Men and he's become quite the busy man moving on to an acclaimed performance in last year's Milk and roles in the upcoming Woody Allen film (which just released its title today) and the comic book western Jonah Hex. Matt Damon is new to the Coen Brothers' talent roster, surprisingly, but he's no stranger to the western setting, having starred in the fairly well-received 2000 film All the Pretty Horses, directed by Billy Bob Thornton, then again that was awhile ago. It'll be quite interesting seeing him in that setting nowadays.
No matter how dedicated you may be to the original 1969 John Wayne version of True Grit, I think that the combination of the Coen Brothers and the cast involved thus far is reason enough to give this remake a shot. The Coen's No Country for Old Men had a classic western feel to it with some of the most stunning visuals of the Southwestern landscape I've seen in recent years. We will definitely be keeping an eye on this project!