They held open auditions in the US for the role of 14 year old Mattie and after seeing over 15,000 girls, they have agreed on 13-year old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. She will co-star alongside Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in the Charles Portis novel.
Steinfeld has just signed with ICM and only has a few minor credits already under her belt. In "True Grit," 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) joins forces with Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. marshal, in order to find her father's killer (Brolin). Their paths cross with a Texas Ranger (Damon) who is also searching for the same criminal.