Makenzie Foy is a (self-proclaimed) wannabe horse girl. The nineteen-year old actor, best known for her roles in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Interstellar, was recently “bit by the pony bug” while revamping Anna Sewell’s 1877 novel Black Beauty for its second film adaptation. Starring as Jo Green, a seventeen-year old grieving the death of her parents, Foy shares the screen with Kate Winslet, who plays the voice of the titular mare. Though filming may have wrapped in late 2019, Foy’s foal fever has endured beyond an obligation to her character—she has returned from an afternoon ride just minutes before our chat. “I’m obsessed now,” she gushes. “I’ve been riding every week.”
Citing the nineteenth century classic as a childhood favorite—“one of the ones that you just tore apart from reading so much”—Foy was thrilled to take up the novel’s remake, which was written and directed by 33-year old wunderkind, Ashley Avis. “Ashley is an absolute genius,” Foy, who commenced her career at age four as a child model and in recent years has enjoyed high-fashion support from brands such as Chanel, proclaims. “When I got the script I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I love it so much!’ And then when I read it, I was just crying by the end of it, that’s how perfect it was. It was everything that I wanted it to be.”
Mackenzie’s latest movie Black Beauty finally has a release date! The film will be available to stream beginning November 27th only on Disney Plus. Be sure to follow Disney Plus along with Mackenzie and the films director Ashley Avis on Instagram for the latest and up-to-date info on the film!
Mister Smith International has released an exclusive first look at its “Black Beauty” reboot, starring Mackenzie Foy (pictured) and Kate Winslet. Ashley Avis is directing the Constantin Films’ pic from her own script.
“Black Beauty” is based on Anna Sewell’s best-selling novel about the deep and enduring bond between a 17-year-old girl and the wild horse who helps her overcome the trauma of her loss following her parents’ death. Foy, whose credits include “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” “Interstellar” and the last two “Twilight” movies, will play Jo while Winslet will voice Beauty.
“Black Beauty” is being produced by Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer, who teamed on the “Resident Evil” franchise. Martin Moszkowicz is executive producing.
International sales are being handled by Mister Smith Entertainment at AFM.
As you probably know, Mackenzie is currently in Cape Town, South Africa filming her new movie Black Beauty! Thanks to her co-stars and Mackenzie herself, I’ve added some awesome behind the scenes photos to the gallery. Be sure to follow Mackenzie on Instagram if you aren’t already and us as well! Check out the photos in our gallery by clicking the thumbnails below.
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.
Mackenzie attended a special gala screening for the European premiere of ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms‘! Check it out below.