Oscar-nominated star, Saoirse Ronan, is set to star as Melanie Stryder in the upcoming sci-fi/romance THE HOST. The project, which will be adapted from Stephanie Meyer’s novel, will also mark the best-selling author’s first approach into the non-”Twilight” zone. However, at the core, the story is very similar, replacing fantasy elements with sci-fi, in a futuristic world where Earth has been assimilated by an alien species of benevolent parasites, and one such parasite who is fused with a dying human decides to help locate the last pocket of surviving humans on the planet. Andrew Niccol is once again in talks to direct the feature with the departure of Susanna White.
Ronan and Niccol are repped by CAA.