Talia Ryder To Star In New Ballet Movie Joika With Diane Kruger

Talia Ryder has been cast in an upcoming movie centered on ballet!

The 19-year-old Never Rarely Sometimes Always breakout actress will star alongside Diane Kruger in Joika, THR reports.

Talia takes over the role from another breakout star Thomasin McKenzie, who was originally attached to star in the titular role of Joy “Joika” Womack, “one of a handful of foreigners — and only two U.S. women — to ever penetrate Moscow’s infamously tough Bolshoi Ballet Academy.”

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Diane will play “Joika’s tough but inspiration mentor Volkova, a former ballet dancer and the head of the Bolshoi’s training academy, whose exacting standards drive Ryder’s Joy to greatness.”

Diane and Talia are a match made in heaven. Diane’s talent and experience the perfect complement to Talia’s bold, rising star,” director James Napier Robertson shared in a statement. “It will be a thrill and delight to watch them spar – sparks will fly! Talia’s gifts as a dancer are only equaled by her stunning talents as an actor, and Diane is a force of nature, embodying Tatiyana Volkova’s no-nonsense brilliance and passion. The dynamic between the two of them will be absolutely electric.”

Talia has a few other upcoming projects – she recently wrapped on Netflix’s Strangers, alongside a star-studded cast led by Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke, as well as co-starring with Jordan Fisher in Hello, Goodbye And Everything In Between.

She will also be seen in the new West Side Story movie!

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