Saoirse Ronan to Star in Stephenie Meyer’s The Host

Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host”, not to be confused with the South Korean monster movie “The Host” (or its expected American remake of the same name), has landed its leading lady in “Hanna’s” Saoirse Ronan, reports Deadline. “The Host” is a sci-fi/post-apocalyptic movie, with Ronan playing the female lead, a character named Melanie Stryder.

Official plot of “The Host”:

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves—Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

The film originally had “Gattaca’s” Andrew Niccol attached to write and direct, and while the movie will retain Niccol’s script, he left to direct his own sci-fi project “Now” with Amanda Seyfried. But now that that movie is done, he might actually come back onboard “The Host”.

Stephenie Meyer is, of course, most famous for the series of “Twilight” books. You may have heard a thing or two about those. I hear they’re popular with the kids.