Keisha gets teeth into vampire role

17:00, Jun 05 2010
Keisha Castle-Hughes

KEISHA Castle-Hughes is getting her teeth into a new Hollywood blockbuster.

The Whale Rider star is following in the footsteps of fellow Kiwi actress and Academy Awards winner Anna Paquin (below) by working on a big-budget vampire production.

Castle-Hughes – who in 2001 became the youngest-ever Academy Awards best actress nominee – has headed to Toronto to work on Vampire. It will be cult Japanese director Shunji Iwai's first English-language project.

Empire Online wrote of the movies's plot: "Vampire stars Kevin Zegers [Transamerica, Dawn of the Dead] as a teacher who is a vampire with a penchant for feasting on emo girls.

"We're guessing Castle-Hughes is a student rather than a fellow teacher but she'll be joined on screen by Kristin Kreuk [Street Fighter], Rachael Leigh Cook [Nancy Drew], and Adelaide Clemens [Wolverine]. Amanda Plummer is also on hand.

"Okay, so it sounds like teen-horror Twilight bandwagoneering but the scream-queen road is a tried and tested route into Hollywood for young actresses. It even works occasionally so maybe this is a smart getting-noticed move for Castle-Hughes."

Unlike Castle-Hughes, Paquin did win an Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actress gong in 1994. She was just 11 when she appeared in The Piano. She is now the star of US TV hit True Blood.


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