Apparently Nashville has become the epicenter of the casting universe. On Saturday, Dec. 12, the same day that the makers of Love Don't Let Me Down will be auditioning extras
at the Musicians Hall of Fame, those rascally Coen Brothers (or at the very least their casting director) will be in town looking for a girl to play the role of 14-year-old Mattie
in their upcoming remake of the classic True Grit
, scheduled to begin shooting in the spring.
Mattie is the lead role, and the Coens have made it clear they'd love to find someone completely unknown, so it's conceivable that some unknown Middle Tennessee teen could wind up a huge star before long.
The details are all in the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle
story linked above, but here are the basics: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the downtown Nashville Sheraton. Open to 12- to 16-year old Caucasian girls, all looks considered. Bring a photo you can leave there, and bring only one parent/guardian.
And these words of advice:
Do not make the mistake of trying to appear like or imitate Kim Darby (who played Mattie Ross in the original film). The film's publicist states, "We are looking for a tough girl who is tough, strong and tells it like it is." The Casting Directors are looking for real (scrubbed down, no make-up), "gritty" girls. Preferably the kind that ride horses, get dirty & speak their mind. They are not looking for theatrical "model" types. Rodeo girls (who ride & rope) are a plus. Not looking for pageant queens.
More details about the film, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes
According to Variety, Jeff Bridges will play U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne in the original) while Matt Damon is in talks to play the lawman and Josh Brolin is up for the role of the killer. Joel confirmed the story to RT, "Yes, Jeff, Matt and Josh, that's true - something that you read in the trades that actually turns out to be true!"