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 inÂ The Host, the screen adaptation of the bestselling novel byÂ 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 ofÂ 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.
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