Toni Collette (Hereditary) And Damian Lewis (Billions) are set to star in Dream Horse, the upcoming Welsh Racehorse drama. The film is a classic story of triumph against adversity, and a tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground.
Collette will take the role of Jan, with Lewis playing Howard Davies, the local accountant she persuades to join her in running the racing syndicate.
Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film with Film4, Ingenious Media, Ffilm Cymru Wales backing the film and Raw Productions producing it. They have released a official synopsis...
Jan Vokes, a middle-aged barmaid at a working men’s club, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies to helpher bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against – a true working-class champion, taking on the establishment at their own game. But much more than this, Dream begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate, not least Jan’s. He is everything to her: friend, confidant and an escape from a life of always putting other people’s needs first.
Award winning director Euros Lyn (Happy Valley, Black Mirror) will be directing Dream Horse. Lyn commented on the project…‘I grew up in the Welsh valleys where everyone knows this story – it’s a local legend. The moment I read Neil’s brilliant script I knew I had to direct this funny and moving film. Casting Toni Collette as Jan Vokes, our extraordinary heroine and Damian Lewis as Howard Davies, her intriguingly conflicted accomplice is my own dream come true. They’re the perfect actors to tell this true story of how against all the odds, an ordinary woman inspires her community to go on the ride of a lifetime and rediscover a sense of hope.’
Filming is expected to start in Spring with no exact release date mentioned for Dream Horse.