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'True Grit' casting call to be Friday in Lexington

There will be an open casting call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa for a 12- to 16-year-old girl to play Mattie Ross in a remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic True Grit.

Casting directors are searching for a "Caucasian girl who is tough, strong and tells it like it is," the news release for the call says.

The film is being made by directors Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007 Oscar winners for best picture and best director for No Country for Old Men. Kim Darby, who appeared at Danville's Pioneer Playhouse in the 2008 world premiere production of A Jarful of Fireflies, originated the role of Mattie in the Henry Hathaway western that won The Duke his only acting Oscar.

Variety reports that the Coens are aiming to be more faithful to the original Charles Portis novel than the 1969 film, which means it will focus on Mattie, a 14-year-old girl who heads off with two lawmen to find her father's killer. The Coens remake reportedly will star Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in the roles originally played by Wayne and Glen Campbell. It is set to film early in 2010, and according to the Internet Movie Database, it is scheduled for release in 2011.

Auditioners are asked to bring a photo and only one family member to Friday's casting call. The hotel is at 1800 Newtown Pike.