As MEG RYAN's ex-lover Russell Crowe embarks on a life of marital bliss, the actress has found romance - with High Fidelity actor John Cusack.

Sources tell American magazine US WEEKLY that Cusack, 36, and 41-year-old Ryan - who first met while doing voices for the 1997 animated movie ANASTASIA - have been an item for five months.

A pal explains, "They have amazing chemistry, and the timing was right."

Screen hunk Cusack has just finished a reported four-year relationship with sexy actress Neve Campbell, and Ryan has been laying low since her break-up with Proof of Life co-star Crowe, who wed longtime love DANIELLE SPENCER on Monday (07APR03).

The source adds, "No one would be surprised if John pops the question."