Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have signed up to star in Ashley Avis’s reboot of the classic story of ‘Black Beauty’.

Foy will take the leading role as a 17-year-old girl whose bond with Black Beauty helps her overcome the death of her parents.

Winslet will have an easier job of it as she will provide the voice of the horse, Black Beauty.

Based on the best-selling children’s classic by Anna Sewell, Avis will direct the film from a script she has adapted herself. The film will be 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 wild mustang captured on the Wyoming Plains.

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Black Beauty has been adapted for the big and small screens on a number of occasions. The last being back in 1994, was directed by Caroline Thompson who made her directorial debut with the film. It starred  Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis and was narrated by Alan Cummings who also voiced played the voice of the horse.

Foy, who made her breakthrough as the offspring of Edward and Bella in The ‘Twilight Saga’ Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2, was last seen in ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ alongside Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

Winslet was last on the big screen in ‘Wonder Wheel’ and ‘The Mountain Between Us’ with Idris Elba. Her upcoming projects include ‘Blackbird’ with Sam Neill, Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ and ‘Avatar 2’.