Brolin & Damon in talks to join Bridges in the Coens' TRUE GRIT redo


We reported last month, that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen were to reunite with their Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges, in their more faithful adaptation of the Charles Portis novel, True Grit. The iconic 1969 original starred John Wayne, in a performance that earned him an Academy Award for best-actor.

Now Variety reports that Matt Damon is in talks to join the western. But another reunion may take place, with Josh Brolin, the star of the Coens' Oscar-Winning contemporary western, No Country For Old Men, in talks to join the project as well.

True Grit centers on the 14-year-old tomboy Mattie Ross, who tags along with an aging U.S. marshal, Rooster Cogburn(Bridges), to track the outlaw who killed her father, and another lawman named Labeouf, looking for the same man for a seperate murder. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man.

Damon is in discussions to play Labeouf(played by Glen Campbell in the original), and Brolin is in talks to play the killer(originally played by Jeff Corey). They have yet to cast the part of Ross.

Paramount Pictures will put into production next March, with the Coens, Scott Rudin and Steven Spielberg producing. The film is aimed for a late 2010 release.

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