He joins the salty cast (they are all white so far) that is peppered with stars such as Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld. The “Lucky” Ned role was played by Robert Duvall in the original John Wayne flick. Pepper, the actor not character, is best known as the praying sniper in Saving Private Ryan, but has also appeared in Flags of Our Fathers, We Were Soldiers, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and even some none war related projects.
From IMDB: Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her “grit” tested.
True Grit is being directed by the Coen Brothers from a script they adapted. They are also producing along with Scott Rubin. Steven Spielberg is on board as executive producer.