SO ANYWAY!! They have an actress for Melanie/Wanderer! According to Deadline.com, Saoirse Ronan will be taking the lead role. She has starred in The Lovely Bones, City of Ember and Atonement and also, most recently Hanna, which I'm DYING to go see....if only someone would go with me (hint, hint, Amy).
Meyer's book has an enormous fan base, and the author had long resisted offers to sell it. She finally made a deal two years ago with producers Nick Wechsler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, who'd done the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road together. They deliberately developed the script outside the studio system, and invited the author to be very hands on in the adaptation. Meyer was involved down to choosing Niccol because she was such a fan of his films Gattaca and his script for The Truman Show. 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 and Bill Johnson are exec producing and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. The film's being funded by the producers and Inferno.
There's also a rumor that she's going to be playing in The Hobbit. I guess we'll see!
You know, I think she might be really good for this role because she'll have to play two different types of people in one. Melanie is a kick-butt female character, and Wanderer is more timid and sweet. I think she can play both of these roles. In Hanna she's totally kick-butt, but she looks so sweet! What do you think?
The Host is one of my FAVORITE books ever, so I'm very excited! Please, people, make this a good one!! And please cast someone amazing for Jared....PLEASE!!