Emma Watson’s new ‘do has more to do with career advancement than setting off a new style trend.

Emma is vying against other actresses — including Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, Carey Mulligan, and Kristen Stewart — for the coveted lead role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the silver screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel.

Watson, who shot to fame as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films hit the Web last week to debut a new mane of carefully chopped locks. Hollywood snoops say Emma’s hoping the pixie-style crop will demonstrate her desire for the role to Dragon producers and help her bag the part of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the

“Emma has auditioned with director David Fincher and cut her hair to look the part. The character of Lisbeth is a misfit with spiky hair….”

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