Theatrical Trailer: The Coen Brothers’ True Grit

Last week we were treated to our first glimpse of the Coen Brothers’ remake of True Grit, via a short teaser trailer. However, a longer and more comprehensive look at the film was making the rounds in U.S. cinemas. Now, we measly Australians can see it, thanks to the wonders of the interwebs!

Here is the picture’s official plot synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’s (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

Once again, you hardly need me to tell you how great this film looks. Check out the (new) trailer 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“.

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: So, are we still looking forward to this?

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