Hollywood actress Naomi Watts has landed her first action role - in new spy movie DAISY SCARLETT.

The OSCAR-nominated star, 35, will reportedly start work on the film once she completes filming the sequel to hit horror flick The Ring.

Watts's Sydney-based publicist JOHN CANN says, "We will hopefully know something more concrete in the near future."

British actress Kate Beckinsale was the original choice for the lead - but the producers wanted someone who wouldn't normally be associated with an action role.

The film is to be directed by LEON film-maker LUC BESSON - and will revolve around M16 agent Scarlett who investigates the deaths of high-profile people whose vital organs have been removed.

30/06/2004 17:35