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

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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