Cannes: Bleecker Street, Topic Unite for Toni Collette, Damian Lewis' 'Dream Horse'
The drama is based on the hit 2015 doc 'Dark Horse.'
Dream Horse, the upcoming drama starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, has found a stable in the U.S.
Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly acquired U.S. rights to the film, directed by Euros Lyn and currently shooting in Wales.
Joining the two leads are new castmembers, including Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Nicholas Farrell (The Iron Lady), Sian Philips (Dune) and Karl Johnson (Peterloo).
Based on the hit 2015 documentary Dark Horse, the film is a Raw production, with Film4, Ingenious and Ffilm Cymru Wales financing. Warner Bros. will distribute in the U.K. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and distribution and is selling the film at Cannes.
Dream Horse is the true story of Jan Vokes, a cleaner and bartender, who decides on a whim to breed and rear a race horse in her Welsh village. She eventually persuades her neighbors to invest in her crazy scheme, and together they name the new foal Dream Alliance. With little experience but a lot of a heart, the collective of townspeople follow “Dream” as he rises through the ranks against all the odds, ultimately pitting all of them against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship.
The U.S. deal was negotiated by Kent Sanderson, Camille Bertrand and Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street, Ryan Heller from Topic Studios with Film4 and Raw.