Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld Cast in the Coens’ True Grit

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Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld has been cast in the role of Mattie Ross in Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit at Paramount Pictures.

Scheduled for a December 25, 2010 release, the Western drama stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. Filming is scheduled to begin next month in New Mexico.

The film is based on Charles Portis’ novel, which is about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father’s killer in hostile Indian territory. While the original film was a showcase for John Wayne, the Coens’ version will tell the tale from the girl’s point of view.

The original starred Kim Darby as the teen, Wayne and Glen Campbell as the lawmen, Jeff Corey as the killer and featured Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper as fellow outlaws.