Trailer Debut: The Coen Brothers’ True Grit

The first teaser trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen‘s remake of the classic western True Grit has debuted online. What, are you waiting for me to tell you it’s incredible? It’s the Coen Brothers’ remake of True Grit.

Watch this eerie, beautiful teaser below!


After auditioning more than 15,000 teenage actresses for the role of the bloodthirsty orphan Mattie, the Oscar-winning brothers selected 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld. Although Steinfeld has a couple of minor credits to her name, she’s a relatively inexperienced young actress. While we can’t attest to her acting prowess, at least we know she can “portray Caucasian“.

Her character, Mattie Ross, witnesses the cold-blooded murder of her father at the hands of Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Mattie enlists U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to take out the killer before a Texas ranger (Matt Damon) can.

True Grit is based on the Charles Portis novel of the same name. It was previously brought to the screen in 1969, starring John Wayne as Cogburn (the role for which he won an Oscar). The role of Mattie Ross was portrayed by Kim Darby; however, the character was not as prominent in the film as she was in the book. The Coens have previously stated that they will return the focus of the narrative back on to Mattie.

True Grit hits Australian cinemas January 20, 2011.

Discuss: We called it our fifth most anticipated film of 2010 back in January. I think we undersold it…

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