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 beloved franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron and includes the Emmy-winning TV series Spirit Riding Free (Netflix). The movie is slated for release on June 4, 2021 through Universal Pictures.
Spirit Untamed is an epic adventure about 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 (Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and produced by Karen Foster (co-producer, How to Train Your Dragon). The film’s co-director is Ennio Torresan (head of story, The Boss Baby), and the film’s score is by composer and Universal Composers Initiative alum Amie Doherty (Undone, Marooned).
Lucky Prescott (Merced) never really knew her late mother, Milagro Navarro (González), 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 (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 (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 (Grace) and Pru Granger (Martin). Pru’s father, stable owner Al Granger (Braugher), is the best friend of Lucky’s father.
When a heartless horse wrangler (Goggins) 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.