Former SPICE GIRL MELANIE BROWN has received a massive boost to her ailing career - she's in talks to star opposite R'n'B superstar Kelly Rowland in a new movie.

The one-time Scary Spice saw her solo career plummet after the demise of the superstar girlband, and attempts to reinvent herself as a stage actress and TV personality in her native Britain also flopped.

But now Mel has had a dose of good news, as she's being considered for a role in upcoming Hollywood flick SEAT FILLER, which stars Destiny's Child beauty Kelly.

A source tells the DAILY MIRROR, "Mel has been in Los Angeles on and off since September (02), trying to carve out a movie career. She's put in a lot of effort and has really calmed down. She is really dedicated to getting this right.

"After the Spice Girls, Mel tried to launch herself as a solo singer but it didn't go exactly do plan and she was dropped from VIRGIN. Even her stint as a TV presenter went badly so this is really the last chance.

"Mel is not interested in the Hollywood parties and all that stuff. She is very focused on becoming an actress."

22/07/2003 09:09