Saoirse Ronan & Gemma Arterton Hop on Vampire Bandwagon

Saoirse Ronan's taking her bloodlust to a whole new level, and she's taking Gemma Arterton along with her.

Neil Jordan will direct Ronan and Arterton in "Byzantium," about a mother-daughter pair of vampires who occasionally pose as sisters as they hunt their prey, according the The Hollywood Reporter.

Moira Buffini, who penned this year's "Jane Eyre," and "Tamara Drewe," will be adapting her own play, which was originally a piece of youth theater, but has since evolved into something a little darker.

We're big fans of both these actresses, but we have to laugh at Ronan's recent body of work. Earlier this year while promoting "Hanna" (read our review), she confessed to us that she was worried that with her upcoming film "Violet & Daisy," she might be seen as being stuck in an assassin rut. We're not sure that playing a vampire is the quickest way out of that conundrum.

The film is being produced by Stephen Woolley, who has worked with Jordan on the past on "The Company of Wolves," "Mona Lisa" and "The Crying Game" and "Interview with the Vampire."

“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 told THR. “We’d both recently revisited Angela Carter’s book and it was just chance that when I called [Jordan], we were thinking along the same lines.”

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