Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Jai Courtney, Max Irons & More Vie For 'The Host' With Saoirse Ronan

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 31, 2011 10:02 AM
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Dane DeHaan, Thomas McDonnell, Augustus Prew & Jake Abel Also In The Mix



Take note, young directors. This is why you attach yourself to projects before your next movie comes out. While the middle performance and dreadful reviews for the pretty idiotic "In Time" would have sidelined any director, Andrew Niccol was savvy enough to sign on to "The Host," an adaptation of a novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer and with a release date already pegged, this one is beginning to cast up.

With Saoirse Ronan already set for the lead, Variety reports that the hunt is on for her two male co-stars. The story is set in the near future where alien parasite “souls” benevolently take over the consciousness of humans. One such “soul” named Wanderer inhabits the body of a dying woman, Melanie Stryder, who just happens to be obsessed with finding the last group of surviving humans. The high concept film will find Ronan taking both roles of Wanderer and Melanie in the picture, which is certainly an intriguing prospect. As for the dude parts?

Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Jai Courtney and Max Irons are testing for the part of Jared, Melanie's boyfriend. Meanwhile, Dane DeHaan, Thomas McDonnell, Augustus Prew and Jake Abel will compete to play Ian, the "menacing young man who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her."

To be honest, we're not familiar with the book to make a judgment call here, though we're sure the Meyer superfans will have a lot to say about it. Of all the dudes, Hemsworth has the biggest profile that will certainly be elevated thanks to "The Hunger Games" next spring. Harington has received some heat lately, testing for "Arthur & Lancelot." And Courtney and DeHaan have roles in the upcoming "One Shot" and "The Place Beyond The Pines" respectively. But given the names here, it seems the producers aren't too concerned in landing a name actor per se.

No word yet on when production will start, but the film is slated to hit screens on March 29, 2013.

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5 Comments

  • Hello_Jill | November 1, 2011 2:03 AMReply

    @ What (my reactions to your post was "What?":

    How many movies actually has the lead playing dual roles? Not many. So that point is useless

    Half baked? Why? Because it's Stephenie Meyer? Sorry, not enough.

    Similar to In Time? In Time's concept is amazing. It's execution and script isn't. Niccol was too busy writing Occupy Wall Street while the producers were too busy thinking was a capable actor who'd bring the grosses. They both failed.

    The Host seems like the perfect project for Niccol to get back on the sci-fi horse. He doesn't have his politics to get in the way, and the book itself lends to a potentially good movie/film. Inferno Productions financing this project so I hope they're looking at acting chops THEN chemistry.

    Also, Melanie Stryder is 17 in flashbacks, 20 in present time, and 21 at the end of the book. Ronan will do fine acting wise.

  • What? | November 1, 2011 1:37 AMReply

    I wish someone would stop the idea of one actor playing two characters. It never works out and comes across as stupid no matter how good they are. This book is not even close to as popular as twilight. Yes even though there is a love triangle. The female character is supposed to be a mature woman in her 20's. Saoirse Ronan is still a teenager. Just like 'in time' this high concept is half baked. Twenty bucks says they will just hire the hottest 2 guys who have the most chemistry with Saoirse. Pucker up girl you have a lot of test kissing to do.

  • Mony | October 31, 2011 11:05 AMReply

    You're right Kiki, I didn't want to mention it but I definitely agree. Where are the other races?

  • kiki | October 31, 2011 10:56 AMReply

    so. many. white. faces.

  • Mony | October 31, 2011 10:20 AMReply

    No to Helmsworth.

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