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Who Will Be Playing Melbourne Cup Winner Michelle Payne

Australian actress Teresa Palmer has been cast to take on the role of Michelle Payne in the new movie Ride Like A Girl.

The movie will be based on the story of Payne becoming g the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup, the film is due for release around the Spring Carnival next year.

Sam Neill will play Payne’s father Paddy while Jacki Weaver will play her manager, Joan Sadler.

The film is the feature debut for Oscar-nominated actor Rachel Griffiths.

Payne gave her endorsement to the casting via social media.

Absolutely thrilled with the casting so far with @teresapalmer and Sam Neil to play myself and Dad in Ride Like a Girl. Crazy to think what lies ahead but feeling very excited and have full faith in Rachel Griffiths and @richardlkeddie #wecandowhatwesetourmindsto 👌 #Repost @teresapalmer (@get_repost) ・・・ “I just want to say to everyone else to ‘Get stuffed’ if they think women aren’t strong enough, because we just beat the world.” - Michelle Payne @michellejpayne_ Michelle was always warned she could never be a world class jockey. She was not tough enough. She was not a man. Then she won the 2015 Melbourne cup, one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. #upyours #getstuffedthelottaya Thrilled that I'll be playing Michelle Payne in "Ride Like A Girl" directed by Rachel Griffiths. Starring alongside the amazing Aussie talents of Sam Neil & Jacki Weaver. #MichellePayneKickinSomeA 👍🏽🌈 #embankmentfilms

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“Couldn’t be happier with the choice in you @teresapalmer — I loved the script, very excited for the times ahead!”

Palmer also posted on her social media, saying “I just want to say to everyone else to ‘get stuffed’ if they think women aren’t strong enough, because we just beat the world.”

She added: “Michelle was always warned she could never be a world class jockey. She was not tough enough. She was not a man. Then she won the 2015 Melbourne Cup (on Prince of Penzance), one of the most prestigious horse races in the world.”

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