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About a day ago from Teresa Palmer's Twitter

"I have to not take myself too seriously and I have to realise that if it is meant to be, it will be."
Movies Ride Like a Girl

HERALD SUN – AUSSIE actor Teresa Palmer has been cast as inspirational Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne in the movie about her historic 2015 triumph.

Ride Like a Girl is the story about Payne becoming the first female jockey to win our most coveted race on Prince of Penzance.

Sam Neill will play Payne’s father Paddy while Jacki Weaver has landed the role of Payne’s manager Joan Sadler.

The film, due for release around the Spring Carnival next year, is the feature debut for Oscar-nominated actor Rachel Griffiths.

Payne gave her endorsement to the cast and Palmer, who has appeared in Warm Bodies, the re-make of Point Break and the Mel Gibson-directed war film Hacksaw Ridge.

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

Payne added she hoped her brother Stevie would make the cut as well.

Palmer posted on her own social media this iconic quote from Payne: “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.”

Palmer 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.”

Director Griffiths flew to Europe in May to raise money for the high budget film.

She has also been seen at Flemington doing site inspections.

Griffiths said she had been waiting years to find a story such as Payne’s.

“She’s been really wonderful, she entrusted us with it. I’m sure that would be terrifying to someone. I just keep saying to her, I want to make an absolutely beautiful movie that inspires girls for generations. Her job is to do what she loves. My job is to tell her story in a way that she’ll be proud of me for doing. She’s a beautiful girl, a wonderful person, and they’re a remarkable family.”