'Twilight Saga' Author Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' Lands Saoirse Ronan To Star


DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Saoirse Ronan has been set to star in The Host, the screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer. Scripted by Andrew Niccol, the film figures to be one of the hot titles when Inferno launches sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival next week. Niccol, who was originally set to direct, might resurface as the filmmaker.

Ronan, the Oscar-nominated star of Atonement, The Lovely Bones and most recently Hanna, will play Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person's consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the "hosts" she has attached to on numerous planets. Wanderer's goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, the alien is driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life.

The concept is more of a visual challenge than Meyer's Twilight Saga books, but one thing they plan is for Ronan to play both Melanie and Wanderer. Meyer's book has an enormous fan base, ... Read More »

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Comment by Aylin on May 3, 2011 at 2:25pm
me either -.- hmm not really happy I think..
Comment by Najwa Meyer on May 3, 2011 at 2:37pm
omg omg omg, i can't f***** believe, saoirse is my favourit actress of all time because she makes any thing she does extra special.i cant wait
Comment by Floortje(: on May 3, 2011 at 2:53pm
hahaha i read some comments and it makes me think of how people reacted when they heard Robert was going to play Edward.. so far they did GREAT with casting people for the movies, and i think this isn't an exception to that :) can't wait to see it
Comment by Elizabeth Rogers on May 3, 2011 at 5:10pm
She is a fabulous actress, but she only turned 17 less than a month ago. She's so young. That pretty much kills my hope of seeing Ian Somerhalder portray Ian in the film. He's almost twice her age and that is too much of a stretch. She won't even be legal until next April. I was hoping that Melanie would be at least 21 so she could portray younger Melanie and older Melanie, and be believeable. Oh well, maybe she will surprise us all.
Comment by Nellie Hjertstrand on May 3, 2011 at 10:06pm
Noooo, this will be awesome! :D
Comment by Mayra on May 3, 2011 at 10:34pm
She is really talented so, don't worry.. we wont be disappointed.
Comment by ♫ѼDiana♥twilightѼ♪ on May 3, 2011 at 11:34pm
Wow. Now I'm definitely gonna see the movie!!! :)
Comment by Mary Alice Hale on May 4, 2011 at 6:45am
Not the way I imagined her (and where's the tan and the dark hair? Though, ok, that can be fixed with hair die and fake tan), but I'm sure she can make it work, she's a really great actress. I loved her in The Lovely Bones. I think we have to be a bit patient to see what she's like in the movie (and not freak out over any little imperfection), it's going to be great anyway
Comment by Aliria Bellamee on May 4, 2011 at 7:25am
I thought Melanie is supposed to be older than... her
Comment by Sisa on May 4, 2011 at 8:54am
The Host is very good book!!!

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