Antipodean screen star Cate Blanchett is poised to land the lead in a biopic about the life of celebrated children's author BEATRIX POTTER.

The OSCAR nominated ELIZABETH star will play the young writer who created the much-loved characters PETER RABBIT and JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK, according to industry website SCREEN DAILY.

The movie - which is due to begin shooting in Britain later this year (03) - will be the latest in a series of movies focusing on British authors, following Nicole Kidman's portrayal of VIRGINIA WOOLF in The Hours and GWYNETH PALTROW's upcoming role as SYLVIA PLATH in TED AND SYLVIA.

19/05/2003 02:26