STAR WARS star Hayden Christensen is making a giant leap from his role in the sci-fi epic - by playing a toy boy lover in a British period drama.

Christensen - whose character ANAKIN SKYWALKER becomes evil DARTH VADER in next year's (05) final Star Wars movie - will be seduced and "taught the ways of love" by Hollywood star Jessica Lange in CHERI, to be directed by British theatre impresario Bill Kenwright.

Kenwright reveals, "It's in its very early stages but its called Cheri and is based on the novel by French writer COLETTE."

"The whole thing is set in 1913 and Judi Dench is onboard to play Hayden's mother."

03/06/2004 13:48