Kate Winslet and the Black Beauty cover
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Cast Announced for Adaptation of 1877’s ‘Black Beauty’

Anna Sewell’s classic 1877 novel Black Beauty is getting a film adaptation, and Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have been added to the cast. Within in the last years of her life, Anna Sewell was living alone when she wrote Black BeautyIt was published in 1877 and came an immediate best seller. Thankfully, Anna Sewell saw its success before dying in 1878 at the age of fifty-eight,  just five months after its publication.


Anna Sewell


With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time and in 2003 was was listed at number fifty-eight on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

A first person narrative, the novel follows the titular horse named Black Beauty as she goes through trials and tribulations, all the while keeping alive a bond between a seventeen-year-old girl who recently lost both her parents.

Adolescence director Ashley Avis will be directing Black Beauty, adapting her own script based on the novel. Hollywood Reporter notes that “[i]n 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.”


Ashley Avis

Perhaps this change will add a little spice to this adaption, which this over hundred year old story desperately needs considering it is already been adapted multiple times for both film and television. The most recent version was back in 1994 which starred Sean Bean, star from The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, and David Thewlis, known for his role in the Harry Potter film series and Professor Lupin and Ares in Wonder Woman. Alan Cumming, who played Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United, was the voice of the horse.

In related news, Kate Winslet, of Titanic fame, who also won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader, will be the voice of the horse. Kate Winslet has done voice acting before, notably in the family classic Flushed AwayVariety reports that Mackenzie Foy, whose been in the last two Twilight movies, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and Interstellar will play Jo, the young girl who befriends Beauty.


Mackenzie Foy (left), Kate Winslet

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Producing the film will be Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer, who teamed on the Resident Evil franchise. Martin Moszkowicz will serve as the executive producer. Previously he was the producer on 3096 Days and Crazy Heart.

According to Deadline, “Bolt Pictures and Constantin Film are teaming to produce the pic, which will mirror the events of the original 1877 book while bringing them into a modern light”. Currently, the film is in pre-production. Interestingly, Deadline also wrote that “…Constantin said Tuesday it is bringing to the Cannes market beginning next week,” apparently to secure funding.

Let’s hope they get it!


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