April 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Stars of “The Host” and “Harry Potter” are crossing paths. It was announced today that Jake Abel and Tom Felton have signed on to star in true life historical tale “Ghosts of the Pacific”, along with seasoned actor Garret Dillahunt.
Producer Brian Falk will be making his directorial debut on the film, which follows three WWII soldiers who are cast adrift on the Pacific Ocean when they are forced to ditch their plane. Dillahunt plays pilot Harold Dixon, Felton bombardier Tony Pastula, and Abel radioman Gene Aldrich. Based on real events, the three are virtual strangers when assigned to go on a scouting mission together in 1942, and must rely on each other for survival when they are stranded in a yellow raft with no food, water or supplies. Filming begins on April 15th at Baja Studios in Mexico, home of the largest outdoor water tank in the world which was built for James Cameron’s “Titanic.”
Felton played the villainous Draco Malfoy in all eight of the “Harry Potter” movies, and was most recently seen in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and horror “The Apparition.” He has wrapped up shooting on period dramas “Therese” opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac and “Belle” with Sarah Gadon and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Abel is coming off the slightly less successful YA adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” and will have another on his hands as he reprises his role as Luke in “Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters”, out this August.
April 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson and friends are back for more YA action disguised as ancient Greek mythology in the first trailer for “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”, the sequel to the 2010 somewhat successful adaptation “Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.”
Thor Freudenthal directed the sequel, which sees the trio, along with newcomer Leven Rambin as Clarisse, the daughter of Ares, travel into the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle) in search of Zeus’ golden fleece. The YA adaptation landscape has changed a lot since the first film premiered, so it’ll be interesting to see if “Percy Jackson” can find an audience again amidst an increasingly crowded pool that’s seeing more flops (“Beautiful Creatures”, “The Host”) than successes.
“Sea of Monsters” will be released on August 16th, just one week ahead of another YA franchise hopeful, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” Watch the first trailer for the risky sequel below.
March 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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It’s one of the most anticipated films of the year and we’ve partnered with Open Road Films to give away some great prizes to celebrate the release of “The Host”!
What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? “The Host” is the next epic love story from the creator of the “Twilight Saga,” worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about — Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
THE HOST hits theaters nationwide March 29th, 2013! Click below to see what’s up for grabs. This contest is for US RESIDENTS only. Sorry international fans!
February 16, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
It’s still up in the air whether Stephenie Meyer’s follow-up to “Twilight” has what it takes to be the next big young adult franchise, but the newest trailer for “The Host” at least gives us a lot more to go on. An alien invasion, the battle for the human race, a girl fighting for control of her own mind, and searching for the brother and love she lost, is exactly what made the original novel so compelling in the first place.
Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”), the film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, one of the lone survivors of an invasion by Souls, aliens who take control of their hosts and have set out to protect the planet from the destructive human population. After Melanie is taken over by a Soul called Wanderer, she must fight back to stop them from using her to find the last of the resistance.
The trailer, which premiered this past week during a Google Hangout with the film’s three leads Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, also features glimpses of stars Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Frances Fisher. “The Host” will be in theaters next month on March 29th, but for now you can see the new trailer below.
November 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Though this hasn’t been officially confirmed and should be considered a rumor for all intents and purposes, a reliable source tells us that Australian actress Emily Browning plays the pivotal role of Pet in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host.”
The alien invasion action-romance stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Boyd Holbrook, Diane Kruger and William Hurt and has already wrapped filming, but Browning is a pretty logical choice for the role which has been kept tightly under wraps until now, considering the cameo-sized part would have taken no time at all to shoot and she was dating Irons in real life at the time of filming. If you haven’t read the book, we won’t spoil the details of her character, but suffice to say she shows up at towards the story’s conclusion. “The Host” will be released on March 29, 2013.
Browning earned raves as the star of Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” and recently wrapped up a quartet of indie films: period romance “Summer in February” with Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens, thriller “Magic Magic” with Michael Cera and Juno Temple, musical drama “God Help the Girl” with Hannah Murray and Olly Alexander and erotic thriller “Plush” with “Twilight” stars Cam Gigandet and Xavier Samuel.
November 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Without any sequel novels written as of yet, the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” probably doesn’t have much of a chance of being the next “Twilight”, but it’s certainly reaching for a chunk of that soon-to-be-in-mourning audience with this newest trailer. Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons are featured heavily as the star-crossed lovers who get torn apart in the midst of an alien invasion taking over the bodies and brains of human beings. When Ronan’s Melanie is captured and taken over, she fights against the new alien Soul inhabiting her body and attempts to return to Irons’ Jared, but he’s not so sure the new Melanie can be trusted.
Since it’s an alien vs human action flick directed by Andrew Niccol, the aesthetics are more cerebral and rather muted, making the action scenes look somewhat awkward, at least as far as we can see from this new trailer. Let’s hope the human relationship drama is stronger and the beautiful young cast has some chemistry, but given how big of a disappointment Niccol’s last film “In Time” was, we are keeping our expectations lowered for this one.
“The Host” will be released on March 29, 2013 and the trailer can be viewed below.
November 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sure, Andrew Niccol’s new action flick “The Host” is mostly about the alien invasion, but it’s also based on the novel of the same name, which was written by the author of the “Twilight” series, so you betcha romance plays a big part of it too.
The new poster shows Saiorse Ronan front and center as Melanie Stryder, a human who’s been overtaken by an alien “Soul” (you can tell by her weird eyes), but who still fights to hold on to her humanity, flanked by Max Irons as Jared and Jake Abel as Ian, the two guys Melanie gets caught between in the midst of trying to fight off the aliens and save the small pocket of humans still left fighting. It’s not easy being the heroine of a YA novel!
“The Host” is set for release on March 29, 2013. See the full size poster below, via Fandango.
June 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hey, fans of “The Host”, we’ve met Bachelor #1 in Max Irons as Jared, now get ready to meet Bachelor #2: Jake Abel’s sensitive, alien-loving Ian! Saoirse Ronan’s Melanie Stryder – who has an alien Soul living inside her called Wanderer – isn’t just trying to survive an alien invasion as one of the last humans remaining on earth, she’s also got two hot guys to choose between. What else could we expect from Stephenie Meyer, the author that brought us “Twilight”‘s infamous vampire vs. werewolf love triangle?
Trading the rain and greenery of Washington for the dry desert of New Mexico, Andrew Niccol recently wrapped up directing this adaptation of Meyer’s first foray into adult literature, with a cast rounded out by Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Boyd Holbrook. “The Host” is set for release on March 29, 2013. See the new photos of Abel doing his best brooding heartthrob impression below.
May 28, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming is still underway in New Mexico, but today MTV has our first look at some filming footage from the set of Andrew Niccol’s alien invasion actioner “The Host”, based on “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s non-vampire adult novel. Saoirse Ronan takes the role of Melanie Stryder, one of the last few remaining humans on earth who haven’t been taken over by alien Souls (or hosts). When she does get taken over, her will to live is so strong she and the new inhabitant in her body, an alien called Wanderer, fight for dominance as they try to track down Max Irons‘ Jared, Melanie’s boyfriend, and their small pocket of human resistance, forced literally underground into hiding.
We have our first look at some of the intricate caves and tunnels that the group lives in, and naturally, much of the focus is on the romance aspect of the story. Irons’ Jared is conflicted because he can’t decide whether to kiss or kill the new and not-so-improved Melanie. Hmmmm, sounds pretty similar to another Meyer heartthrob.
“The Host” will be released on March 29, 2013, and you can watch the brief first footage from the set below.
April 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: The images have been taken down by studio request, though as far as I can tell they are still accessible at the Facebook page from which they originated.
Several new stills from Andrew Niccol’s alien actioner “The Host” were released today, featuring new looks at Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder and Wanderer, the alien Soul that has invaded Melanie’s body (you can tell she’s no longer “human” by the eyes), Max Irons as Melanie’s boyfriend Jared, and last but not least, the first look at Jake Abel as fan-favorite Ian O’Shea, the sensitive guy who falls for Wanderer. Ta-da, a love quadrangle in three bodies is born.
Niccol is currently shooting the film based on “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s first adult novel, in New Mexico. Also below is a first look at William Hurt as Jeb, Melanie’s uncle and the leader of a small group of human resistance who live underground and are the last of the humans on earth who haven’t been taken over by aliens. We’ve already seen Diane Kruger as the alien Seeker, sworn to follow Wanderer/Melanie to their group.
“The Host” is still just about a year away from release, with an expected date of March 29, 2013 but The Host Spanish Facebook page posted the new stills
, which you can see below.