Coen Brothers Search Far and Wide for a Gal with True Grit

Question 1: Do you want to be in a movie?

Of course you do. Everyone wants to be in a movie. I once ate a gigantic hamburger slowly for an hour just to be in a movie. And I’d do it again, no matter the type of food (casting directors and documentarians take note). It’s one of those fun things that you might only get to do once in a lifetime.

Question 2: Would you like to work with the Coen Brothers?

Who wouldn’t? They’ve delivered iconic characters like The Dude (The Big Lebowski), made us laugh our asses off to some old timey comedy (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), delivered Oscar winning drama (No Country for Old Men) and given us an authentic tale of fate, and Jewishness (A Serious Man). And that’s just a start. These guys are living legends.

Question 3: Do you like Austin, Texas?

Dumb question. Everyone with half of a brain likes Austin. Which is where the Coens are going to be shooting their next film.

Question 4: Do you look like a fourteen year old girl?

This is probably the toughest one, at least for our readers. Statistically, most of you are dudes — and many of you are more likely to date a 14-year old girl than be one (We skew younger and younger every time I check the stats. Must be the maturity level sinking).

If you’ve made it this far, then you might want to read below, as Paramount Pictures is currently holding a nationwide casting call for the female lead in True Grit, the next film from the brothers Coen. Here’s a description of the character, Mattie:

Fourteen year old Mattie is a simple, tough as nails, young woman in post-Civil War Arkansas. Her usually steely nerves and straightforward manner are often surprising to those she meets. She possessed plenty of true grit and determination. Enough so that she insists on going with 2 marshals to hunt down the killer of her father. We are looking for a girl who’s tough, strong and tells it like it is. Must be able to play Caucasian.

Shooting begins in spring 2010, so if you (or someone you know) have the required amount of ‘grit’, you should head on over to and submit a tape.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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