THREE Hollywood leading ladies are battling to star in the movie version of a recently discovered Louisa May Alcott manuscript. Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder want to play the abused young wife in the American writer's sizzling drama, The Chase. Alcott's work is enjoying a phenomenal revival of interest in the United States, thanks to the unexpected success of a new movie version of her classic tale Little Women. The film, which stars Ryder as one of four girls coming to terms with life and impending adulthood during the American civil war, is currently number six at the US box office. The Chase, originally titled A Long Fatal Love Chase, was uncovered by New Hampshire headmaster and Alcott collector Kent Bicknell. He acquired the rights to the story, which will be released in hardback by New York publishing firm Random House. Fox is currently bidding to make a movie of the book.