SHARON STONE WANTS A HOT YOUNG HUNK

Published on: July 21, 2003

Sharon Stone wants to follow in the footsteps of Demi Moore -- and remake herself and her career.

Sources say that since her split with newspaper editor hubby Phil Bronstein, the "Basic Instinct" star is telling friends she wants a younger man.

And she's setting her sights on edgier, hipper roles -- even if that means playing prostitutes or drug addicts.

"Sharon's desperate to get back in the game now that she and Phil are divorcing and she's leaving San Francisco," said an insider close to Stone. "She's leaving the life of the society matron behind. She wants to transform herself and remake her career."

The 45-year-old star has already filmed two comeback movies, the thriller "Cold Creek Manor" and the true spy story "A Different Loyalty," and now she's looking for chancier, cutting-edge projects.

"Sharon's ready to star in hot, young movies . . . and start seeing hot, young men," the insider said. "Even before it was announced that Phil had filed for divorce, Sharon asked a close female friend if she knew any good-looking young guys she could introduce her to."

Sexy Sharon has already been spotted out at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles with Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody. The actress and 15-years-younger Brody shared drinks and stayed out until 2 a.m.

"And don't be surprised if you start seeing Sharon out and about with other Hollywood 'It' boys," the insider said. "It's part of a plan she's cooked up with her sister Kelly, who has moved into Sharon's Hollywood home to stay with her and her son Roan.

"Sharon's getting a full-time trainer and putting herself on a strict diet. She's already cut her blonde hair spikey short to give her a more youthful look.

"She doesn't want to look frumpy or dumpy anymore -- she wants to look as sexy and glamorous as Demi."

Continued a friend of Sharon: "As soon as she knew her split with Phil was irreversible, Sharon calculated a way to get herself back in the spotlight.

"She's convinced that if Demi can do it, so can she."