Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Halle Berry are favourites to star in the movie adaptation of hit novel SMALL ISLAND.

Filming of ANDREA LEVY's award-winning book will start in 2006 and Ruby Films co-director Alison Owen is desperate to sign the beauties soon.

She says, "It is early days with regards to casting but I think Halle would be perfect.

"And I would really like to see either Cate or Kate in the role of Queenie."