Diane Lane takes reins of ‘Secretariat’

Randall Wallace set to direct Disney film

Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery.

Randall Wallace is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich.

Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing.

While Secretariat showed potential before the horse became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, Chenery’s rise to become “first lady of racing” was the real underdog story.

Lane will play Chenery, a mother and housewife who knew little about horse racing when she took over her ailing father’s farm in Virginia.

Around the time that Secretariat established himself as a horse with serious potential, she was pressured to sell him and everything else after her father died and she was hit with a large inheritance tax.

Lane last starred in “Nights in Rodanthe.”

She is repped by WME and Joan Hyler.

More Film

  • Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Leads China Box

    China Box Office Propels 'Skyscraper' to $75 Million Overseas

    Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery. Randall Wallace is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich. Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing. While Secretariat showed potential before the horse […]

  • Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry

    Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry Still Struggles With Transformation

    Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery. Randall Wallace is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich. Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing. While Secretariat showed potential before the horse […]

  • MayFair, directed by Sara Blecher

    Sara Blecher’s ‘Mayfair’ Brings Feminine Gaze to Gangster Tale

    Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery. Randall Wallace is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich. Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing. While Secretariat showed potential before the horse […]

  • Todd Brown, XYZ Films

    African Finance Under Spotlight at Durban FilmMart  

    Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery. Randall Wallace is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich. Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing. While Secretariat showed potential before the horse […]

  • Ryan Reynolds'Deadpool' panel, Comic-Con International, San

    Ryan Reynolds Wants to Explore Deadpool's Bisexuality in Future Films

    Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery. Randall Wallace is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich. Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing. While Secretariat showed potential before the horse […]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9243328q)From

    Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Restaurant Critic, Dies at 57

    Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery. Randall Wallace is directing the film this fall from a script by Mike Rich. Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing. While Secretariat showed potential before the horse […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content