Steinfeld has a few credits to her name, and perhaps one of you have seen 2009's She's a Fox and remember Miss Steinfeld. But I'm going to assume she's no slouch. If there's one thing the Coens can get out of anyone, it's a good performance. They could have had anyone for Mattie, as they threw the net far and wide. I'm anxious to see what she can do with the role. I've never particularly cared for Kim Darby's Mattie and lesser directorial hands could do worse, but the Coens can certainly do better.
True Grit begins shooting next month in New Mexico, and is set to be released on December 25. I certainly don't want to rush back into winter, but I'm dying to see Bridges as Cogburn, Brolin as Tom Chaney, and Mattie really suffer from snakebite.