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    February 24, 2010


    This is a fast pace Western film that need to go as fast as possible in terms of production. Well, seriously the film will only start shooting in Santa Fe, New Mexico coming this March and April. On standard for Hollywood, it usually takes a year or so for post-production but for The Coen Brother's Western film, True Grit, the movie will be released this Christmas, just in time for next year's Oscar scoop.

    Forget about rushing, the movie which is a remake of 1969's original and based on the novel by Charles Portis, True Grit has already scored several high class actors - Jeff Bridges who was fresh from his nomination and the front-runner to win the Best Actor in a fortnight time, will be cast to play marshal Reuben J Cogburn. Well, that role has some similarity to his recent Oscar-nominated performance in Crazy Hearts - drunken (again). John Wayne originally played the role in 1969 film.

    The other casts include Matt Damon as the ranger La Beouf, Josh Brolin as the stone-cold killer Tom Chaney. Perhaps the most interesting character has to be the role of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (originally by Kim Darby). Hailee Steinfeld, a relatively unknown was chosen among the 15,000 hopefuls for the role.

    For those who are not familiar with the plot, the Portis’ novel is narrated in the first person by Mattie Ross, a thrifty, churchgoing spinster distinguished by a rare independence and strength of mind. As an old woman in the year 1928, she tells the story of her adventures many years earlier, in 1873, when, at the age of fourteen, she undertook a quest to avenge her father’s death at the hands of a drifter named Tom Chaney.

    This is going to be interesting and from time to time, the Coen Brothers have never failed to impress us with their eccentric films like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man and many more.

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