True Grit remake casting call in Lexington

by Roger Seay - email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Coen brothers are looking for a new teenager to star in the role of Mattie Ross in their remake of "True Grit", the iconic western that won John Wayne his only Oscar.

The auditions will be held Friday, December 4th at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington from 3 - 7pm.  They ask those who audition to bring a current picture.

The character of Mattie Ross is described as "a simple, tough as nails young woman. Her steely nerves and straightforward manner are a shocking contrast to the way women behaved in the early century.  She's possessed of true grit and plenty of determination.  Enough so, that she insists on going with 2 marshals to hunt down the killer of her father."

No acting experience is necessary.

The original movie stared Kim Darby as Mattie Ross, with John Wayne as an aging lawman and Glen Campbell as a Texas Ranger who tracked down the murdered of Ross' father.

The Coen Brothers produced "No Country For Old Men" and shot some of the movie in central Texas where Variety reports they are scouting locations for "True Grit."  Dallas News says that discussions are underway with Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin for the lead role.

The producers are looking for a 12 - 14 year old girl who is tough, strong and tells it like it is.  They ask only one other family member attend the audition.

The Griffin Gate Resort is located at 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511.

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