Barry Pepper Joining the Cast of the Coen Brothers' True Grit
by Alex Billington
March 12, 2010
This is some great news! Variety is reporting that Barry Pepper is the latest to join the cast of the Coen Brothers' remake of the western True Grit, which also stars Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. Pepper will play the role of "Lucky" Ned Pepper, the notorious outlaw played by Robert Duvall in Henry Hathaway's 1969 classic. The story follows a tough U.S. Marshal (Bridges) who helps a stubborn young woman (Steinfeld) track down her father's murderer (Brolin). Scott Rudin and the Coens are producing, and Steven Spielberg is executive producing. Shooting is already under way in New Mexico.
Barry Pepper has lead an interesting career and I enjoy seeing him in any movie. His high point was in the 90's with three great back-to-back roles: Saving Private Ryan, Enemy of the State, and The Green Mile. But then he got caught up in the Battlefield Earth aftermath and started appearing in only the occasional war movie (We Were Soldiers, Flags of Our Fathers) and other low level films that didn't really go anywhere. He also appeared in Seven Pounds but that didn't do anything either. He's got the face of a war movie character, but I love seeing him in all kinds of movies. And now he's taking on a western and I'm looking forward to it!