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.
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.
January 21, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
As one Stephenie Meyer adaptation comes to the end, another is just beginning. The author’s first novel away from the hugely popular Twilight saga was released in 2009, an alien actioner titled “The Host”, and the adaptation by Andrew Niccol (“In Time”) has long been in development.
The story centers around a post-apocalyptic world in which aliens called Souls have body-snatched and are occupying the majority of the human population. Stryder’s body has been taken over by a Soul named Wanderer, however Stryder’s strong will to survive have the two consciousnesses fighting for domination and eventually becoming allies as they set out to find Jared, the man Melanie loves, and their small colony of human resistance.
Casting began nearly a year ago, with the announcement at Cannes Film Festival that Saoirse Ronan had been cast as Melanie Stryder, the lead protaganist, with male leads Jake Abel and Max Irons following later in the year, and now Deadline are reporting that Diane Kruger has been cast as The Seeker, “who is charged with overseeing the conversion” of Melanie Stryder. “The Seeker pursues [Stryder], knowing that the conversion of the rebel will lead to the discovery and eradication of the rebel movement.”
Filming is set to begin very soon, with a release date already set for March 29th 2013.
Kruger is a regular feature of casting shortlists, and in the last year her name has popped up on the lists for Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot, the remake of 80s hit “Total Recall” and Tom Cruise’s currently entitled sci-fi epic. The German actress however has yet to win any of these roles, and is perhaps most famous for her supporting role in Quentin Tatantino’s 2009 Oscar nominated film “Inglourious Basterds”.