Stephenie Meyer’s “Host” adaptation lands Saoirse Ronan

By Sean O’Connell Just because “Twilight” fans have to say goodbye to Stephenie Meyer’s werewolves-and-vampires saga doesn’t mean they’re finished with the author altogether.

A planned adaptation of Meyer’s best-selling novel “The Host” is moving forward with a script by Oscar nominee Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”), with the possibility that Niccol himself would direct.

Today, Deadline reports that Saoirse Ronan, the Irish beauty currently burning up screens in Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” will take the lead role in “Host” once it gets underway. Ronan, according to the site, 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.”

The report says Ronan would play both Melanie and Wanderer.

What do you think, Meyer fans? Good choice for the role? Is a “Host” adaptation possible, or will it be too much of a visual challenge for a direct – Niccol or otherwise – to handle? Let us know.

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