While I Am Number Four may not have been the Twilight style hit that DreamWorks was hoping for, Teresa Palmer has been reaping the benefits from her turn as a beautiful, butt-kickin’ alien in the sci-fi thriller. The actress is currently being eyed as a prospective starlet for both the young adult literary adaptation Warm Bodies and Oliver Stone’s Savages.

Universal has acquired the rights to Stone’s drug cartel drama and Palmer is one of several young actresses on the rise in contention to sign on for the film, which previously rumored candidate Jennifer Lawrence won’t be joining – due to her Hunger Games commitment.

Variety is reporting that actresses like Blake Lively and Olivia Wilde are also interested in tackling the female lead role of “O” in Savages, which Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Taylor Kitsch (Wolverine) may star in as well. Benicio Del Toro is another significant name currently circling the project, which is based on Don Winslow’s novel about two drug dealers that are forced to work for a Mexican cartel – after their (*ahem*) female companion “O” is kidnapped.

Heat Vision reports that Palmer is also in talks to join the cast of Warm Bodies, an adaptation of author Isaac Marion’s popular novel from writer/director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness). Palmer would essentially play the human Juliet to Nicholas Hoult’s zombie Romeo (or “R” – as the character is named) in a story that in part retells Shakespeare’s classic tale of lovers from separate, warring clans – within the context of the zombpocalypse.

Cool gals don’t look at explosions.

While Palmer had previously appeared in mainstream Disney titles like Bedtime Stories and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, it was her supporting turn as the quiet but deadly Number Six in… Number Four that really began to earn her attention – and, to be honest, she really was the one who left an impression in that film, not stars Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron.

While Stone is no stranger to tackling controversial or intriguing subject matter in his films, it’s been several years since he released an undeniable critical and/or box office hit. Savages will draw from some solid source material and is assembling a fairly strong cast of young talents, so perhaps the gritty drug drama will be a return to form for the edgy auteur.

Warm Bodies doesn’t read so well on paper and the film’s tone is described as being along the lines of Twilight meets Shaun of the Dead (take that as you will). Marion’s original novel is quite well regarded and is more a moving romance about lovers separated by uncontrollable, external forces (a la The Time Traveler’s Wife) than just Romeo & Juliet plus zombies. So take that as you will.

Warm Bodies is slated to begin filming this summer, and could reach theaters by the first half of 2012.

Savages looks to begin production later this year as well, with a 2012 theatrical release in mind.

Source: THR, Variety