Thep inks deal with Par to play 'Lucky' Ned Pepper

Barry Pepper won’t even have to use a fictional surname as he joins the cast of the Coen brothers’ “True Grit.”

Thesp has inked a deal with Paramount to play the role of “Lucky” Ned Pepper, the notorious outlaw played by Robert Duvall in Henry Hathaway’s 1969 classic Western.

Pepper will star opposite Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld.

Ethan and Joel Coen will lens from their adapted script. Scott Rudin is producing; Steven Spielberg is exec producer. The Coens also are producers.

Pepper will next been seen opposite Kevin Spacey in “Casino Jack,” George Hickenlooper’s pic about disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Pepper’s previous credits include “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Green Mile.”

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