Saoirse Ronan has been hailed as "one of the best talents we have" by the director of the forthcoming Stephanie Meyer adaptation.
In Time director Andrew Niccol has revealed he can't wait to get down to work with Saoirse on the movie adaptation of The Host.
The Irish teen is set to play both Melanie Stryder and Wanderer, an extraterrestrial "soul" who takes over her mind, in the film.
"It's very early in the process, but she's one of the best talents we have, so I'm really looking forward to working with her," Niccol said.
Niccol was also full of praise for Meyer, who penned the best-selling Twilight novels
"She's a genius," he said. "She made vampire stories for people who don't like vampires, and now she's making sci-fi for people who don't like sci-fi movies.
17-year-old Ronan first attracted attention for her role in 2007's Atonement, and has since starred alongside Colin Farrell in The Way Back and Cate Blanchett in Hanna.