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Saoirse Ronan Cast In Stephanie Meyer's New Film! Is She The New Kristen Stewart?

Tue, May 3, 2011 5:45pm EDT by 10 Comments
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Saoirse Ronan is one of the youngest people to have ever been nominated for an Academy Award, but will her role in Stephanie Meyer’s ‘The Host’ make her a household name bigger than Kristen Stewart?

If you’re a film buff, you’ve been following Saoirse Ronan‘s career for years — and for those of you who don’t know the 17-year-old Irish film actress, get ready to become an expert. According to our sister site Deadline, Saoirse — pronounced Serha, like inertia — has just landed the leading role in Twilight author Stephanie Meyer‘s upcoming film adaptation of The Host.

Saoirse was born in New York City, but has been raised by her Irish parents in the Irish country. She first launched to fame after her role in Atonement garnered her Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nods (to name a few). Since then, we’ve seen the teenage acting wonder star in The Lovely Bones and most recently in the thriller Hanna.

In The Host, Saoirse will play the leading role of Melanie Stryder, who is described as “one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls.” When Melanie’s body is invaded, she refuses to give up her consciousness and the alien inside her becomes enthralled by her thoughts and “reconnects with her old life.”

The book is a best seller and Stephanie Meyer has such a strong following from Twilight, there’s no doubt The Host will do well too. Not only has Saoirse booked the lead in this, but she’s also going to be in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit. Not too shabby for a 17-year-old, huh?

Kirstin Benson