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Oscar-Nominated Whale Rider Turns Vampire Hunter

For years, it seemed as if getting nominated for an Oscar for her her role in Whale Rider was not only the beginning, but also the end, of Keisha Castle-Hughes' career. But now the Australian actress is set to return as vampire bait in a new movie called, simply, Vampire.

Castle-Hughes broke into the mainstream at age 11 after being nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress for her role in indie drama Whale Rider, but returned to obscurity almost as quickly - an appearance in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith aside - immediately afterwards. Now, however, she's on her way back, co-starring with Rachel Leigh-Cook, Kristin Kreuk and Adelaide Clemens in the English language debut movie of director Shunji Iwai, Vampire. The movie centers around a high-school teacher who happens to be a vampire with a taste (literally) for emo girls, according to Empire; it doesn't sound especially promising, but Iwai's involvement suggests there may be more than meets the pitch.

The movie is scheduled for a release next year.

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