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First Look: Photo of Bridges & Steinfeld in the Coen's True Grit

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August 18, 2010
Source: SlashFilm

True Grit First Look

Westerns aren't a popular genre anymore, but one western that I'm sure will be the talk of the town when it hits theaters is True Grit, the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1969 John Wayne western (or more accurately a re-adaptation of Charles Portis' novel). The cast includes the likes of Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper, but the two true leads are Jeff Bridges as Marshal Cogburn and 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie, that the Coens went on a casting search to find. A photo of the two originally appeared in EW a week ago, but SlashFilm has a nice, clean high res version for your viewing pleasure and a first look at True Grit.

Jeff Bridges & Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

The Coen Brothers' True Grit, which is apparently a more faithful take on the Portis novel, is about a young girl (Steinfeld) who's father is murdered. Determined to bring the killer to justice, Mattie enlists the help of a hard-drinking U.S. Marshal (Bridges) to track down the killer before a Texas Ranger (Damon) does. As a big fan of the Coen Brothers and someone who can still appreciate a good western here or there, this is one movie I am certainly looking forward to, at the very least because we get to see Jeff Bridges in an eye-patch riding horses alongside Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry effin' Pepper. The good news is that Paramount has already scheduled True Grit for release on Christmas Day, December 25th, later this year. Look good?

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Reader Feedback - 26 Comments

1

when can we expect a trailer, Alex?

indyjack on Aug 18, 2010

2

Sounds like a good story. I'm sure the brothers will add their own brand to it as well, which I always look forward too.

ModernAmericanMan on Aug 18, 2010

3

Cast is interresting enough.

Robbie on Aug 18, 2010

4

Can. Not. Wait.

Al on Aug 18, 2010

5

We need more westerns.

tir na nog on Aug 18, 2010

6

Only film I will see this December.

Clover on Aug 18, 2010

7

Westerns aren't popular anymore? blasphemy! as tir no nog said we need more! this looks good, promising.

Xerxex on Aug 18, 2010

8

I am wanting to see any of the following remade as well. The Man who shot Liberty Valance Sons of Katie Elder - I realise that Four Brothers was a sort of pseud-remake, but something more exciting than that LAst train from Gun Hill The Searchers - this can be a modern day retelling - maybe have , er, I dunno "terrorists" instead of Comanches! who knows ? may work

Dan the Man on Aug 18, 2010

9

ahh...i was wondering where Xerxex was on this!......

Dan the Man on Aug 18, 2010

10

hey dan!

Xerxex on Aug 18, 2010

11

Xerxex - what great westerns would you like to see remade - I realise that remaking movies are the hollywood trend (which I dislike somewhat), however, if you cant beat 'em - join 'em!

Dan the Man on Aug 18, 2010

12

#1 - I'm really not sure, I have no clue... This is one of those projects we've been in the dark about, I really don't know what Paramount's plans are for it. But you CAN rest assured that as soon as a trailer hits, we'll be the first to post it! 🙂

Alex Billington on Aug 18, 2010

13

I love the book and the movie. Most people are saying that this is not a remake and that it follows the book. Even the cohens said that. The fact is. They are almost identical. word for word even. So other than the usual style difference of the brotherly directors, expect a full blown remake of the John wayne film. Not that i have a problem with that. This story is classic and deserves a second take... one problem though.............. no Robert Duvall

indyjack on Aug 18, 2010

14

@Indyjack have it under good information that RD is making a cameo! quote me on it! DTM

Dan the Man on Aug 18, 2010

15

Dan the Man, If I had to see a remake of a classic western I might say "Fistful of Dollars" "For a Few Dollars More" "Hang em High" maybe "Pale Rider" and "Shane" I mostly liked Eastwood's films back in the day, with the exception of "Shane." There is so much potential in the western genre that could easily make great films and its sad that only three or four have come out in the last few years. The Proposition with Guy Pearce was pretty good, 3:10 To Yuma was a good remake, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was awesome. Maybe Quigley Down Under would make for a good remake.

Xerxex on Aug 18, 2010

16

If you guys want an awesome modern western then watch The Good, The Bad, and The Weird. I love westerns so much and I am stoked about them coming back.

JTMoney on Aug 18, 2010

17

if its scheduled to release this xmas, id expect a trailer no later than next month, maybe a teaser by the end of this month coens havnt dissappointed me yet so im expecting this to be great

harrison on Aug 18, 2010

18

@dan the man This is confusing to me.... I would love a robert duvall cameo. However in the last month's issue of cowboys and indians magazine robert duvall said he thought a remake of true grit was a silly idea and he didn't know why it was being made. I find it hard to believe that he would make an appearance. not saying i hope your source is wrong, just makes me wonder

indyjack on Aug 18, 2010

19

Let's remake "The Godfather," too! I think that's a terrific idea!

Film School Drop out on Aug 18, 2010

20

#6 Hello, Tron?

mATTHEW on Aug 18, 2010

21

The Coen's no country for old men was a amazing neo-western I have very high expectations for remake of this true grit

McGregor on Aug 18, 2010

22

How about the illustrious Coen's making their own movies? I predict a fiasco ............ we'll see -

LA on Aug 18, 2010

23

is it going to be the same score as the 1969 version? because that score was fantastic. im still a fan of the origanal and John Wayne will always be THE rooster cogburn. but Jeff Bridges will do fine, i will still see it because i loved the book and although the john wayne version didnt end quite the same it was still pretty damn close. Good luck Coen brothers i love your films.

jeo on Aug 19, 2010

24

@indyjack ...that is indeed strange! cause if my source is correct - then RD would have had to do his cameo thing BEFORE he was quoted in C&I - so, yes, I agree with you - strange indeed! I will re-confirm with my cohort "what the deuce" and get back to the thread DTM

Dan the Man on Aug 19, 2010

25

@Xerxex we seem to be on the opposite ends of the western-stick in a way - you are more leaning towards Clint and I, John......I am an admirer of Mr. Eastwood for sure and For A Few Dollars More would be awesome yes! who would play Van Cleef's "Mortimer"? DTM

Dan the Man on Aug 19, 2010

26

Is it me - but does Hailee Steinfeld look alot like Melissa Gilbert from Little House.....??? Alex? DTM

Dan the Man on Aug 20, 2010

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