Disney has released a trailer for a decent looking inspiring horse-race film called Secretariat, which has a fantastic cast that includes Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh and James Cromwell. The film is about three people whose lives intersected, thanks to the champion horse Secretariat.
I'm really not that all into horse-racing or it's history, but this looks like it could be good film. The film was written by Randall Wallace who wrote one of my favorite films of all time Braveheart so there is no doubt in my mind that the script and story will be solid.
Based on the remarkable true story, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery--with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)--manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what ya think!
Here are a few interesting historical tidbits about the true story this movie is based off of:
- In 1973, Secretariat became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years, setting race records that still stand today in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
- Penny Chenery who is now 87, is an integral resource in the making of the film. She also appears as an extra in one of the film’s scenes.
- In 1973, Secretariat graced the covers of three magazines the same week: Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.
- Director Randall Wallace, whose directorial credits include We Were Soldiers, is the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-nominated screenwriter of Braveheart.
- In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a 33-cent postage stamp with Secretariat’s image.