Bystanders lined the sidewalk on Monday, hoping to catch a glimpse of stars as cast and crew made their way to the set located inside of the Old Blanco County Courthouse.
Filming for the remake of True Grit began Monday, May 10. Crews converged on the courthouse late last week, turning the upper floor into a scene for the upcoming movie.
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen are in charge of the production, which is reportedly based more closely to the book, True Grit, written in 1968 by Charles Portis than the movie of the same name which made its debut the following year, starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell and directed by Henry Hathaway.
The current cast includes Jeff Bridges, reprising John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn part, Matt Damon will play Glen Campbell’s original character, La Beouf and Josh Brolin will play the part of Tom Chaney, originally played by Jeff Corey.
The novel is written in the voice of the fourteen year old, Mattie Ross, which will be played by Hailee Steinfield.
Blanco was transformed into a Hollywood movie set when crews set up massive spotlights, booms, and various equipment on the lawn of the courthouse. Uptown Blanco became the home of makeup and wardrobe, and through the windows, makeup tables could be seen lining the walls and costumes were hung in the windows. Hundreds of extras mingled in the courtyard of Uptown, waiting for their scene.
Dressed in period clothing, the mostly male cast sported goatees, moustaches and beards that were styled to resemble the look for the time period in the book.
Local police officers kept traffic moving, most of the time, with the exception of stopping passing traffic during filming. Businesses on the square were open, but because of the filming, it appeared that business was slow.
Film crews will be wrapping up in Blanco on Wednesday, when they will return the square back to the way they found it. Although the movie caused traffic to be backed up at the lights and caused a little disruption on the square, it will put Blanco on the map, most likely bring visitors looking to see where the movie was filmed, and will be a great story to tell.