Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Andre Braugher and Walton Goggins lead the voice cast; animated feature about a headstrong girl longing to belong hits theatres June 4.
Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marsai Martin, Mckenna Grace, Andre Braugher, Walton Goggins and Eiza González have joined the cast of DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, the next chapter in the studio franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron and includes an Emmy-winning TV series. Universal is releasing the film in theatres on June 4, 2021.
Spirit Untamed tells the story of a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse. The film is directed by Elaine Bogan (Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and produced by Karen Foster (co-producer, How to Train Your Dragon). Ennio Torresan (head of story, The Boss Baby) co-directs; the score is by composer and Universal Composers Initiative alum Amie Doherty (Amazon’s Undone, DreamWorks Animation’s Marooned).
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In the film, Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) never really knew her late mother, Milagro Navarro (Eiza González, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), a fearless horse-riding stunt performer from Miradero, a small town on the edge of the wide-open frontier.
Like her mother, Lucky isn’t exactly a fan of rules and restrictions, which has caused her Aunt Cora (Oscar winner Julianne Moore) no small amount of worry. Lucky has grown up in an East Coast city under Cora’s watchful eye, but when Lucky presses her own luck with one too many risky escapades, Cora picks up stakes and moves them both back with Lucky’s father, Jim (Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal), in Miradero.
Lucky is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy little town. She has a change of heart when she meets Spirit, a wild Mustang who shares her independent streak, and befriends two local horseback riders, Abigail Stone (Mckenna Grace, Captain Marvel) and Pru Granger (Marsai Martin, Little). Pru’s father, stable owner Al Granger (Emmy winner Andre Braugher, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), is the best friend of Lucky’s father.
When a heartless horse wrangler (Emmy nominee Walton Goggins, FX’s Justified) and his team plan to capture Spirit and his herd and auction them off to a life of captivity and hard labor, Lucky enlists her new friends and bravely embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse who has given her freedom and a sense of purpose, and has helped Lucky discover a connection to her mother’s legacy and to her Mexican heritage that she never expected.
Merced is represented by CAA and Peikoff Mahan Law Office; Moore is represented by WME, Management 360 and Edelstein, Laird & Sobel; Gyllenhaal is represented by WME and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP; Martin is represented by WME, M88 and Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman; Braugher is represented by WME, Artists First Inc, Klevan, Longarzo, Vance, Blumensaadt LLP; Goggins is represented by ICM and Darris Hatch Management; Gonzalez is represented by WME and Linden Entertainment.