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Saoirse Ronan joins the Andrew Niccol adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's The Host

05.04.2011
She recently got done kicking some serious ass in Joe Wright's extremely entertaining HANNA, and now Deadline is reporting that the young, lovely, and very versatile Saoirse Ronan will be joining the Andrew Niccol-scripted adaptation of Stephanie "Twilight" Meyer's THE HOST (no relation to the excellent 2006 Korean film, by the way).

Ronan will play 'Melanie Stryder', who as Deadline expounds on, is "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." Apparently, the plan is to have Ronan play both 'Melanie' and 'Wanderer', which could make for an interesting dynamic to witness in the hands of the very capable actress.

Writer Andrew Niccol (GATTACA) was at one point also going to direct the film, but left and opted instead to tackle the Justin Timberlake/Amanda Seyfried sci-fi thriller NOW. Deadline says, though, that Niccol could once again be in the mix to helm the project now that that film has been completed.
Extra Tidbit: If you haven't seen HANNA yet, DO IT NOW.
Source: Deadline

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4:17PM on 05/04/2011
How old is Saoirse now? Can I marry her now? Can we make half-human half-angel babies now?
*comes back from IMDB*
Damn it! She's only 17.
How old is Saoirse now? Can I marry her now? Can we make half-human half-angel babies now?
*comes back from IMDB*
Damn it! She's only 17.
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4:15PM on 05/04/2011
Ronan > this material.
Ronan > this material.
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3:59PM on 05/04/2011
W/ the Stephanie Meyer connection aside, at least she's FAAAAAAAR more talented than Kristen Stewart.
W/ the Stephanie Meyer connection aside, at least she's FAAAAAAAR more talented than Kristen Stewart.
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2:57PM on 05/04/2011
Hanna just left my multiplex, I was determined to catch it but won't lest it come to the dollar theater on its way to DVD.

As for this, I'm intrigued both by Ronan and Niccol's involvement, but weary of the Stephanie Meyer connection.
Hanna just left my multiplex, I was determined to catch it but won't lest it come to the dollar theater on its way to DVD.

As for this, I'm intrigued both by Ronan and Niccol's involvement, but weary of the Stephanie Meyer connection.
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12:31PM on 05/04/2011

I read this book...

it was called Dreamcatcher by Stephen King, what a ripoff by a complete hack of a writer Meyer has no shame, then again we knew that after 5th grade level reading of Twilight, but yay to the casting.
it was called Dreamcatcher by Stephen King, what a ripoff by a complete hack of a writer Meyer has no shame, then again we knew that after 5th grade level reading of Twilight, but yay to the casting.
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11:54AM on 05/04/2011
Sounds interesting.
Sounds interesting.
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8:30AM on 05/04/2011
I'd love to see Hanna, but it never came to my local theaters :-/ Ronan is awesome.
I'd love to see Hanna, but it never came to my local theaters :-/ Ronan is awesome.
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