Thompson on Hollywood

Here's a first look at the Coen Brother's True Grit, which was filmed (along with another western, Cowboys & Aliens) around the Southwest. Paramount has released this still of grizzled Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross, respectively.

In 1969, John Wayne won an Oscar for the role of Cogburn in the adaptation of the Charles Portis novel. The Coen's take on the story is said to be closer to the book, tracking the 14-year old Mattie as she hires Cogburn to help her avenge her father's death (Josh Brolin plays the drifter they are chasing). They are joined by Texas Ranger Matt Damon. The movie also starred Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper in roles now played by familiar war-film face Barry Pepper (Flags of our Fathers, Saving Private Ryan) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, Never Let Me Go.

True Grit opens on Christmas Eve--just in time for awards season consideration.