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Saoirse Ronan made a formidable teen assassin in 'Hanna,' now the 'Atonement' star is set to sink her fangs into an artsy vampire flick for director Neil Jordan in 'Byzantium.'

She's also just signed to 'The Host,' based on 'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer's novel, which is not about vampires, but aliens. The busy actress, alas, isn't able to make time for the lengthy 'Hobbit' shoot, thus leaving her growing geek movie checklist incomplete.

In 'Byzantium,' her character is turned into a vampire by her own mother (Gemma Arterton of 'Prince of Persia'); the pair then prey on their victims as a team, sometimes pretending to be sisters.

The original script is penned by Moira Buffini, who adapted this year's well-reviewed 'Jane Eyre.' The movie has a planned October start date.

For the project, Oscar winner Jordan is reuniting with producer Stephen Woolley, with whom he partnered on 'The Compay of Wolves,' 'The Crying Game,' and 'Breakfast on Pluto.'

"I love the horror genre and we've been working on this for three or four years. I sent it to Neil and he liked the script," Woolley said. "We'd both recently revisited Angela Carter's book ['In the Company of Wolves'] and it was just chance that when I called [Jordan], we were thinking along the same lines."

[The Hollywood Reporter, Digital Spy]