The classic story of Black Beauty is galloping to Disney+. A modernization of Anna Sewell’s 1877 novel, the film stars Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet in the story of wild horse which forges a bond with a grieving girl.
Disney has acquired the rights to Black Beauty, and will add it to their expanding slate of family-friendly features. The already-completed film was written and directed by Ashley Avis (Deserted), and features Winslet as the voice of Black Beauty, a wild stallion who is captured by humans and forges a bond with grieving teen, Jo Green, played by Foy. The cast includes Claire Forlani, Iain Glen, and Fern Deacon.
Foy is well-known to Disney as star of their big-budget The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, one of the rare live-action remakes that failed to do much at the box office. Winslet is an Oscar winner who has been doing a lot of voicework lately, voicing roles in Mary and the Witch’s Flower and Birds of a Feather. She has a role in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels coming up, as well as the long-awaited drama Ammonite.
Black Beauty arrives on Disney+ later this year.
SYNOPSIS: Black Beauty is a wild mustang born free in the American west. When she is captured and taken away from family, her story intertwines with that of 17-year old Jo Green, similarly grieving over the loss of her parents. The two slowly develop a bond that is built on love, respect and mutual healing.