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Saoirse Ronan set to star in Stephenie Meyer’s The Host!

Stephenie Meyer’s non-Twilight book The Host has been in development for a while now. But Deadline has just announced that Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) has landed the lead role of Melanie Stryder! From Deadline:

Saoirse Ronan has been set to star in The Host, the screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Twilight Sagaauthor 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.

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What do you guys think of this casting? Have you read The Host? I think Ronan is a GREAT score for the film adaptation.

  • Claire

    I just read the rest of the article – it says they want her to play Melanie and Wanderer…..that makes more sense then.

  • SarahB

    I agree with you. Loved the book, hope they do the movie well!

  • Zee3

    What's a brilliant actress like Ronan doing with this crap? This is another Twilight!

  • Julie

    I was thinking the same about that. I imagined that Wanda's new body would have the long blonde hair. You never know what they might do with Saoisrse's hair, face and/or body. The book depicts that she goes through so much in the caves.

  • MissCiara

    I know there is a lot of debate over whether or not Saoirse looks strong enough to play Melanie, and I'll be the first to admit that she seems like more of a Pet, but the girl is talented. Her previous work is flawless, so I'm sure Melanie is just one of many strings in her bow. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing her take on the character. If anyon can pull it off, it's her.

  • PrettyLittleVampire

    Well done Saoirse!!! Bualadh Bos!!!!! ( < Irish btw. google translate it lol) She's one of Ireland's best exports!!! I think that she'll make a great Melanie!!! Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat Saoirse!!!!!! :P Cant wait to see it when will it be released anyone know? x :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001294368867 Cj Broussard

    She looks like I would have imagined Wanderer to look, not Melanie. Melanie I pictured as more of a Jennifer Lopez look. I have read the book three times. Can't wait for the movie and the sequel book.

  • Bdboyd9

    she doesn't fit the description of Melanie at all!!!! UGH I hate when film makers stray from the way characters are described :(

  • Flipside69

    Ronan's the best teen actress out there. She could play these roles with her eyes closed, her hands tied behind her back, eating  a burger, and playing scrabble at the same time.

  • Flipside69

    Ronan's the best teen actress out there. She could play these roles with her eyes closed, her hands tied behind her back, eating  a burger, and playing scrabble at the same time.

  • http://www.team-twilight.com Nico Sanchez

    OMG! i was hopping so bad that they would make a movie out of the book! i loved the book!
    She´s a little bit as i imagine she would be1 she's really pretty. :)

  • Slipper

    Excited about this. Saoirse Ronan is an excellent choice for the Mel role. She has such range!! She's gonna nail this. All her work has been outstanding, from ICNBYW to Hanna!

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