Diane Kruger stars in Joy Womack’s ballet dancer ‘Joika’ film with ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ star Talia Ryder
Diane Kruger joins the world of dance alongside Never Rarely Sometimes Always breakout star Talia Ryder. Hollywood journalist confirmed the news.
Kruger and Ryder set to star in writer-director James Napier Robertson’s film Joika about elite American ballet dancer Joy Womack.
Joy “Joika” Womack is one of the few foreigners – and only two Americans – to have made it through the infamous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.
Napier Robertson is the writer and director of the biopic The black horse about New Zealand chess champion Genesis Potini who suffered from severe bipolar disorder.
Ryder replaces Thomasin McKenzie, who was previously attached to the lead role of Joy Womack. Volkova, a former ballet dancer and director of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, will be interpreted by Kruger as her tough but encouraging mentor.
“Diane and Talia are a perfect marriage. Diane’s talent and experience is the perfect complement to Talia’s daring rising star,” Napier Robertson told The Hollywood Reporter. “It will be a pleasure and a pleasure to see them train – sparks will fly! Talia’s gifts as a dancer are matched only by her breathtaking talents as an actress, and Diane is a force of nature, embodying unadorned sparkle and passion by Tatiyana Volkova The dynamic between the two will be absolutely electric.
Ryder made a name for himself in Eliza Hittman’s indie hit Never Rarely Sometimes Always for focus features. We will see her next in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story.
Kruger finished work on AJ Edwards First love and shoot Neil LaBute’s film Out of the blue. Then we’ll see her in the thriller The 355 with co-stars Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o.