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  Whale Rider girl 'in Star Wars'
Updated 16 March 2004, 15.01
Keisha Castle-Hughes at the Oscars
Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes has landed a role in the next episode of the Star Wars films.

Reports say 13-year-old Keisha will play the Queen of Naboo in Episode III, after becoming the youngest ever nominee for the best actress Oscar.

She's apparently also signed up with a top Hollywood agent to get herself more roles in films in the States.

Episode III, the last of director George Lucas' Star Wars movies, is due to be released in May 2005.

Keisha played a Maori girl called Paikea in Whale Rider, who fights tradition to become the leader of her tribe.

We reckon that experience might come in handy when she has to rule a whole planet!

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