‘Dancing With the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff to Co-Star in Comedy ‘Tango Shalom’ (Exclusive)

Ensemble includes Jos Laniado, Lainie Kazan, Renee Taylor and writers Joseph Bologna & Claudio Laniado

Karina Smirnoff of “Dancing With the Stars” is set to co-star in the indie comedy “Tango Shalom,” TheWrap has learned.

Gabriel Bologna is directing from a script by Joseph Bologna and Claudio Laniado. The writers are also part of the ensemble, which also includes Lainie Kazan and Renee Taylor.

Jos Laniado stars as Moshe, a Hasidic Jew who receives a cryptic message from God to dance the tango, after which he struggles with his beliefs, his family and his community.

Smirnoff will play Viviana, a pretty tango instructor who oozes sensuality. The role is a strong fit for Smirnoff, who is a professional ballroom dancer.

“Tango Shalom” is slated to start production next month in New York.

Smirnoff previously appeared on “Hannah Montana” and “Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23.” The Ukranian actress is represented by Continuum Entertainment.