Stephenie Meyer to Attend Cannes Film Festival to Promote The Host

Deadline New York ( which is usually very reliable) has the scoop:

“Saoirse Ronan has been set to star in The Host, the screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer. Scripted by Andrew Niccol, the film figures to be one of the hot titles when Inferno launches sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival next week. Niccol, who was originally set to direct, might resurface as the filmmaker…

The concept is more of a visual challenge than Meyer’s Twilight Saga books, but one thing they plan is for Ronan to play both Melanie and Wanderer…

Niccol wrote the script to direct, but left to direct Now with Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. Nanny McPhee Returns director Susanna White was briefly attached, but that isn’t happening. Niccol, now done with his film, is once again in the mix as possible helmer. Inferno’s Marc Butan, Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson are exec producing and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. The film’s being funded by the producers and Inferno.”

See more on Deadline New York

So what do you think of Saoirse Ronan being in The Host, and for the million dollar question, Melanie/Wanderer, and exactly HOW are they going to do that? This is a really interesting turn of events because Saoirse Ronan literally just lost out on another major movie role: Katniss in The Hunger Games. That role went to Jennifer Lawrence amidst much fan controversy.

Discuss the movie possibilities over on our forums and also check out our Host Lexicon site currently being built.

Via TwiMoms

Comments

  1. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG I’M SO EXCITED PEOPLE !!! You have no idea !!!

  2. Twimomella says:

    She was my dream cast pic for Wanda!!

  3. Kathryn says:

    I’m interested to see how they pull off the double personality. The most logical and simple answer is doing voice overs, but that’s not very cinematic. As far as the casting info, I’m not familiar with the actress, but I’m intrigued.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Saoirse Ronan is a fantastic choice she’s a brilliant actress and just happens to be Irish, yay!!! I feel like we’ve been waitinf for this film forever I hope it finally gets made!!!

  5. Cannot wait for this movie! Saoirse Ronan, is a great actress, I think she will be perfect for Melanie/Wanderer

  6. SPOILER

    I don’t see any problem with her playing Wanda/Melanie, and continuing as Melanie throughout the series, but there will need to be a new star for the sequel, when Wanda moves on to her new host.

  7. Krystol says:

    Wow… yet another movie I was really excited for has suddenly gone down the tubes. What. A. Waste.

    • Are you serious ? It’s better then casting a person from the CW.
      What. A. Waste. of. comment. space.

      • jennifer says:

        lol at Kass. Nice. (:

        And I will only comment to say that Melanie is supposed to be tall & athletic. I don’t think Saoirse Ronan is necessarily either of those – she’s only 5’6″ – not really tall for a woman. We’ll see. I do think she’s a great actress, tho…far above the caliber of the C.W. hahaha

        • Gigi Cullen says:

          I totally agree with Krystol & Jennifer. Melanie/Wanda is supposed to be tall and very athletic which this girl does not fit that descrisption at all. She may be a good actress but she looks nothing look the character. Yep, down the tubes is right. What a big bummer. I was really looking forward to this movie.

          • I’m guessing that you guys don’t watch any European films, because they always cast people based on acting abilities rather than looks. And that’s the way it’s suppose to be.

  8. I’m absolutely thrilled! :) An actress like Saoirse Ronan has the capabilities to play the dual role, and I can’t wait to see the story come to life! I’m glad this project is moving forward with what seem like amazing people. Very excited!

  9. Elizabeth (EverythingRemindsMeOfTwilight) says:

    I’m not familiar with this actress, but I’m hoping that things will start rolling for this film to be made. Right now, I’m thinking it’s a good idea to cast the same person as Melanie/Wanderer since as others pointed out Wanda is going to move on to a new host. Though voice-overs aren’t the most visually exciting, it is how I pictured it in my head. We only know Melanie by her voice until she gets her body back. I bet they’ll think of something a little more creative to help with that aspect. Either way, I hope Stephenie is successful at Cannes and they can start making another visual example of a great book by a fantastic author.

  10. love this actress, but Melanie is suppossed to be tall with dark hair and a tan complexion. we’ll see how they pull that off.

    • smitten_by_twilight says:

      Bella was supposed to have brown eyes, and vampires are supposed to be chalky white. Saoirse can color her hair, look taller with careful shooting, and tan either really or artificially. Her look is very Wanda to me!

    • I agree when I read the book I didn’t picture someone who was teen or light skinned with blue eyes or blonde hair. Being a good actor is great but, looking the part counts for something. :/ I think somewhere in the book Melanie’s mom even calls her “mija” in her memory? Definitely not a term used for a blonde and blue eyed european girl. LoL But reading the book first sets big expectations.

  11. Isn’t she a little young? She does not have the athletic build either. Not a good choice for Melanie.

  12. Cherie says:

    She is a great choice.

  13. I think it is brilliant! She is ridiculously good!! Projecting such, raw, and gut wrenching emotion in film, even with a blank stare. So hard to find the kind of power and talent she has, in young actresses these days, she is right up there with Dakota Fanning I think.

  14. Holy cow! I’m not sure why, but I expected The Host to be a more low-budget type of film — but Saoirse is an INCREDIBLE actress! For all of you who aren’t familiar with her: check out ‘Atonement’ — she was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in that movie, and she was only 12 years old! She’s Irish, but I NEVER would have known outside of interviews, because every accent she adopts for her roles (British, American, etc.) is FLAWLESS.
    So she doesn’t look like the book description of Melanie. First of all, no matter the general qualities described, EVERYONE’S personal picture of a fictional character is going to be just that: personal — because their details are designed by your imagination! Even if someone “tall and athletic with dark hair” — tailor-fit to Stephenie’s description of Melanie — people would still complain. Secondly, they will probably dye her hair — just like Kristen Stewart has worn brown contacts in every single Twilight scene as Bella Swan. But thirdly, and most importantly, DOES IT REALLY MATTER? Seriously, would you REALLY rather have a brown haired, “athletic” woman with sub-par acting skills playing the part just because she looks it, or someone who may not physically match your own EXACT personal vision, but is a FANTASTIC actress? Doesn’t it matter more that she can BE Melanie, not just “look like” her??? Sheesh!

  15. Im not sure about her for Melanie, but she wouldve been great in The Hunger Games! :) I hope she can pull of The Hosts main character!

  16. Annabella Jelks says:

    UGH!!! I do NOT want Ronan to play Melanie’s body!! I love her, and she is a fantastic actor, but she is the perfect WANDA not MELANIE! I had my heart set on her being wanda when she wakes up, and Sophia Bush being Melanie. I am extremly disapointed with this dicision, and I really hope that she can pull it off. Dream cast for Ian, and Jared: Ian- Ian Somerhalder. Jared- Jenson Ackles. If they don’t mess up the casting of the guys ill be satisfied. :/

  17. Can’t wait for this film really loved the book

  18. Je me demande si elle n’aurait pas été mieux pour jouer Katniss… Bien que Jennifer Lawrence soit une très bonne actrice , elle ne correspond pas à la description physique de Patricia Cornwell dans ” Hunger Games “.

  19. Je me demande si elle n’aurait pas été mieux pour jouer Katniss … Même si Jennifer Lawrence est une très bonne actrice , elle ne correspond pas à la description physique de Patricia Cornwell dans ” Hunger Games “/

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