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Saoirse Ronan in 'The Host': Stephenie Meyer Movie Adaptation

The Host, Stephenie Meyer
Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones
Stephenie Meyer's The Host (top); Saoirse Ronan in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (bottom)

Saoirse Ronan will star in the film version of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, adapted by Andrew Niccol, reports Deadline.com.

Ronan, who earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for Atonement, can currently be seen on North American screens in Joe Wright's Hanna, co-starring Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. Meyer is the author of the Twilight Saga books – worshiped by some; ridiculed by others – which has led to one of the most successful movie franchises ever, all of them featuring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner: Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, Chris Weisz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Bill Condon's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Part 2.

In The Host, which has nothing in common with Bong Joon-ho's Korean blockbuster, Ronan will play Melanie Stryder, a human captured by parasitical aliens, one of whom, Wanderer, takes over Melanie's body but finds it impossible to control her mind.

The Host's producers – Inferno Entertainment, and The Road's Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, and Paula Mae Schwartz – will be looking for a foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off in about a week's time. Screenwriter-director Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War), handpicked by Stephenie Meyer, was originally set to direct the project as well. He may, according to Deadline, “resurface as the filmmaker.”

Photo: The Lovely Bones (Barry Wetcher / DreamWorks / Paramount)

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