Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are in discussions with Joel and Ethan Coen to join Jeff Bridges in "True Grit," the re-imagining of the iconic 1969 Western that Paramount Pictures will put into production next March for late 2010 release.
The Coens, who previously attached their "Big Lebowski" star Bridges to play U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn, are in talks with Damon to play the lawman (played by Glen Campbell in the original) who teams with Cogburn and a 14-year old girl to track her father’s killer into hostile Indian territory.
In a turnabout, Brolin is in talks to play the killer. The actor’s recent rise was greatly helped playing the good guy in the Coens' Oscar-winning contemporary Western "No Country for Old Men."
The Coens are producing with Scott Rudin and Steven Spielberg. The Coens wrote a script which is more faithful to the Charles Portis novel that inspired the original.