“Hanna” and “Atonement” star Saoirse Ronan will headline the film version of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host”, Deadline reported today.
Andrew Niccol (of “Gattaca” fame) is directing the film, which tells of a young girl (Ronan) whose body is taken over by parasite aliens.
Here’s how Deadline sums up the story :
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.
The producers will be shopping the project at next weeks Cannes Film Festival.
This book good? Haven’t read it myself.