Will the Dude Abide Again? Jeff Bridges in Talks for Next Coen Brothers Film
Details about the latest Coen Brothers project continue to develop as the directors discuss a potential reunion with Jeff Bridges, Variety reports.
In their last collaborative effort, 1998's The Big Lebowski, Bridges played a dude (indeed, the Dude) who merely stumbled into a great feud between a millionaire and gangsters (or, rather, the gangsters stumble into his apartment and piss all over his rug). For the Coens' take on True Grit, originally a 1969 Western, Bridges would play another man with a notable nickname, though this time in active pursuit of an outlaw. The starring role of Marshall Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn earned John Wayne an Oscar.
As reported in March, the
Coen Brothers are already set to partner again with producer
Scott Rudin. When they last worked together, they succeeded in creating a menace
out of Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men, though reining in Bridges as a law enforcer is bound to be an interesting task. Bridges, who is preparing for the Nov. 6 release of Men Who Stare at Goats, has yet to mention any discussion in his scribbles.
One thing is for certain: Although the original True Grit carries the tagline, "The strangest trio to ever track a killer," clearly director Henry Hathaway had yet to see The Dude tackle anything with Walter and Donny.
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