Paramount Pictures recently announced a casting call for The Coen Brother's upcoming Western remake True Grit. They are seeking a 12-16 year old girl to play the lead. No experience is necessary, but it should be noted that the young lady would be going up against such acting luminaries as Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.

The film is based on Charles Portis' novel about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father's killer in hostile Indian Territory. While the original film was a showcase for John Wayne, the Coens' version will tell the tale from the girl's point of view.

Paramount is asking for a home self-taping for this open call. The role is described as a fourteen-year-old girl named Mattie, who is a simple, tough as nails, young woman in post-Civil War Arkansas. Her unusually steely nerves and straightforward manner are often surprising to those she meets. She possesses plenty of true grit and determination. Enough so that she insists on going with two marshals to hunt down the killer of her father. Paramount states that they are looking for a girl who is tough, strong, and tells it like it is. The girl must be able to portray Caucasian.

To audition, girls must either attend an open call or send in a tape themselves. To contact Paramount about this, requests can be sent to [email protected] All tapes must be sent to True Grit Casting/The Post Factory at 161 6th Ave, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013.

B. Alan Orange