True Grit: Coens' Remake of John Wayne Western Starring Jeff Bridges

Sep 11, 2009–Jeff Bridges will star in Joel and Ethan Coen’ remake of “True Grit,” playing the role that won John Wayne the Best Actor Oscar in 1969. 

Bridges, who last worked with the Coens as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski in the cult movie, “The Big Lebowski,” will play the lead role in the Western, which will be the Coens’ next project.  The Coens’ latest film, “A Serious Man” premieres at the 2009 Toronto Film Fest.

The story centers on a 14 year old girl, who follows an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman to track the outlaw who killed her father. The trail leads them into hostile Indian territory. The original told the story from Cogburn’s vantage point, but the new version will be from the POV of the young girl. Kim Darby played the young girl in the original, and Glen Campbell played the other lawman.

The picture, which also reunited the Coens with their “No Country for Old Men” producing partner Scott Rudin, has been redrafted by the Coens to be more faithful to  Charles Portis’ novel, which the original Wayne film was based on.