Socialite Paris Hilton was thrilled to land a part in a new film of classic novel The Great Gatsby - because she's determined to forge a career in Hollywood.

The blonde 22-year-old has had a succession of bit parts in films including ZOOLANDER and Nine Lives, but the hotel heiress has finally secured the leading role she craves opposite 'N SYNC star Lance Bass in the "up-to-date-version" of F SCOTT FITZGERALD's celebrated tome.

A friend says, "Paris ultimate dream has always been to be a big-screen actress, and she sees this as her chance to make a name for herself in Hollywood.

"She's already had a bit part in Nine Lives, but this is obviously an opportunity for her to showcase whatever acting talent she's got."

29/05/2003 13:30