Isabela Merced, Marsai Martin and Mckenna Grace on Spirit Untamed
With director Elaine Bogans Untamed mind Opening in theaters this weekend that I spoke to recently Isabela Merced, Marsai Martin, and Mckenna Grace about creating the animated adventure. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, the film is a heartwarming story of the relationship between a young girl and the wild horse she encounters when she returns to a small town on the edge of the open border. The cast also includes Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Walton Goggins, André Braugher and Eiza Gonzalez. Spirit: Untamed is the next installment in the Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron franchise, which includes an Emmy-winning television series.
During the interview, Isabela Merced, Marsai Martin and Mckenna Grace talked about which TV series they would like to guest star on, which films or films they have seen most, what excited them about the script and the story of being part of Spirit Untamed , and what people would be surprised if they did an animated film.
Check out what they had to say at the top of the player and below is exactly what we talked about, followed by the official recap.
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Isabela Merced, Marsai Martin and Mckenna Grace:
Which TV series would you like to guest star on?
Which film or films have you seen the most?
How would people be surprised to learn about making an animated film?
What was it about the script and the story that inspired you to be part of Spirit Untamed?
Here is the official recap from Spirit Untamed:
Spirit Untamed is an epic adventure about a headstrong girl who longs for a place and discovers a kindred spirit when her life crosses with a wild horse.
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 stunt performer from Miradero. on the edge of the wide open border.
Like her mother, Lucky isn’t exactly a fan of rules and restrictions, which is causing her aunt Cora (Academy Award winner Julianne Moore) some concerns. Lucky grew up in a town on the east coast under Cora’s watchful eyes, but when Lucky challenges her own luck with one too many risky antics, Cora takes the bets and brings them both back to Lucky’s father, Jim (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). in Miradero.
Lucky is decidedly unimpressed by the sleepy town. She changes her mind when she meets Spirit, a ferocious mustang who shares her independent streak and befriends two local riders, Abigail Stone (Mckenna Grace, Captain Marvel) and Pru Granger (Marsai Martin, Little). Pru’s father, stable owner Al Granger (Emmy-winning Andre Braugher, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), is Lucky’s father’s best friend.
As a heartless horse wrestler (Emmy-nominated Walton Goggins, FX’s Justified) and his team plan to capture Spirit and his herd and auction them off for life in captivity and hard work, Lucky seeks her new friends and bravely embarks on that Adventure of a lifetime to save the horse that gave her freedom and purpose and helped Lucky discover a connection to her mother’s legacy and to her Mexican heritage that she never expected.
Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s popular franchise, which began in 2002 with the Oscar-nominated Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron and features an Emmy-winning television series. The film is directed by Elaine Bogan (Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and produced by Karen Foster (co-producer of How To Train Your Dragon). The film is co-directed by Ennio Torresan (Head of Story, The Boss Baby), and the score is by composer Amie Doherty (Amazon’s Undone, DreamWorks Animation’s Marooned).
Image via DreamWorks Animation
Eiza Gonzalez explains why “Spirit Untamed” was the closest to her of all the projects she’s done
And what’s even more scary: having a director tell her to have something in a take or sing a song on a movie soundtrack.
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