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Ashley Greene in Dickens adaptation

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Ashley Greene is best known for her role in Twilight

Ashley Greene is best known for her role in Twilight

Ashley Greene is best known for her role in Twilight

Twilight star Ashley Greene has been signed up to play a female Oliver Twist.

The film adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel was announced at the Toronto Film Festival, Variety reports.

Ashley, 24, will play Olivia, a 19-year-old among a group of highly trained street urchins, in Oliver Twisted.

The group find themselves caught in a turf war between warring criminal factions after accepting a kidnapping job.

Ashley - Alice Cullen in the Twilight films - is currently starring with Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner in Butter, a comedy which premiered at Toronto.

A director has not yet been announced for Olivia Twisted.

The film will combine Dickensian elements with a Gothic backdrop, Variety said.

PA Media