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.