The Nutcracker and the Four Realms actress Mackenzie Foy and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (The Reader) have signed on to star in a new reboot of Black Beauty, based on the best-selling children’s classic by Anna Sewell.
Adolescence director Ashley Avis will helm the new Black Beauty, adapting the script herself from Sewell’s novel, which is told as a fictional autobiography of the titular wild horse. In a significant change from Sewell’s book, in which Black Beauty is a carriage horse, in the new adaptation, she is a a wild mustang captured on the Wyoming Plains.
Foy will play a 17-year-old girl whose bond with Black Beauty helps her overcome the death of her parents. Winslet will voice Black Beauty’s inner thoughts.
Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer will produce Black Beauty for Constantin Film, with Martin Moszkowicz executive producing.
Mister Smith Entertainment is handling world sales and will be introducing the project to buyers next week in Cannes.
Black Beauty has been adapted multiple times, for film and television, most recently in 1994 in a version starring Sean Bean and David Thewlis, with Alan Cumming as the voice of the horse.
Foy is repped by Lighthouse Management + Media, Coast to Coast and Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg Light. Winslet is repped by CAA and United Agents.
Exciting news! Mackenzie starred in a short film titled Misericordia. The film is part of a presentation for Milan Fashion Week and will be shown at an event on September 23rd! I’ve added a few photos and screencaps from a sneak peek to our gallery. Check everything out now! And check back soon for the announcement for our 2017 birthday project!
Exciting news! Mackenzie was cast in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the famous holiday tale, The Nutcracker!
Walt Disney Pictures has tapped rising star Mackenzie Foy to play Clara in its latest retelling of “The Nutcracker.”
Foy, who broke out as Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” joins Misty Copeland who was recently announced as the lead ballerina in the films sole dance number.
The live action project is titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” It is based on the 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in which a Clara (Foy) is charged by her parents with taking care of a Christmas toy Nutcracker doll which comes to life and defeats an evil Mouse King with seven heads.
Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned an Alexandre Dumas adaptation of the story into the ballet “The Nutcracker” in 1892.
For the upcoming film, Lasse Hallström came on board in March to direct from Ashleigh Powell’s script.
Mark Gordon is producing. Lindy Goldstein is executive producing.
Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney. Sara Smith is overseeing for The Mark Gordon Company.
Foy’s past credits included “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” parts 1 and 2 but it was her role in “Interstellar” that earned her a nomination from the Critics Choice awards. She recently voiced the little girl who befriends an eccentric neighbor (voiced by Jeff Bridges) in the animated film “The Little Prince.”
The film is set to begin production this fall and as of now, we have no release date. Keep your eye on the site for more updates. Congrats Mackenzie!