Ok then. With production scheduled to begin on True Grit in Texas and New Mexico on March 20 (it’s not a remake goddamnit, it’s Joel and Ethan Coen’s re-adaptation of Charles Portis’ original novel) and with several of the major roles filled by the likes of Jeff Bridges (Rooster Cogburn), Matt Damon (La Boeuf) and Josh Brolin (Tom Chaney), everyone is wondering who will play the key role of the young girl Mattie Ross. Played by Kim Darby in the 1969 Henry Hathaway version starring John Wayne, Mattie is a more central figure in the book and I assume if the Coens remain true, that will be the case with the film as well. If so, who plays her could make or break the film (who am I kidding? The movie will be awesome even if they cast a Charles Nelson Reilly impersonator as Mattie).
With that in mind, it’s interesting to learn they’re apparently casting the net far and wide in the hope of landing an unknown. Jennybee forwarded me an announcement for an open casting call in Memphis on 12/5 looking for “a 12-16 yr. old Caucasian girl who is tough, strong and tells it like it is. They are open to all looks, so come give it a try! No acting experience is necessary.”
According to the report, similar calls have gone out in Dallas, Lubbock, Waco and Austin with more planned for Nashville, Little Rock, Jackson and Oklahoma (City?). Casting director Rachel Tenner (No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man and Burn After Reading) is quoted as saying the Coens “would love, love, love to find somebody unknown.”
Ok, this isn’t anything close to news (not really a stunner they’d be looking for an unknown…Kim Darby wasn’t exactly a household name in 1969) and it’s pretty far afield of the kinds of things I generally like to pass along, but it’s the Coens and therefore it plays. As the man says, there’s what’s right and there’s what’s right and ne’er the twain shall meet.