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New Photos Of Saoirse Ronan & Newcomer Jake Abel In Andrew Niccol's Adaptation Of Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host'

by Simon Dang
June 15, 2012 10:23 AM
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After another misstep with his return to sci-fi "In Time," Andrew Niccol has turned to something a bit safer, adapting "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." While the film doesn't seem to generating the same levels of excitement as Meyer's bloodsucker movies or fellow young adult novel "The Hunger Games," they have gone for the same formula with two fresh-faced male leads (Max Irons and Jake Abel) and an empathetic female (Saoirse Ronan) as the audience's surrogate at the story's heart.

We now have two new images from the film featuring newcomer Abel as well as Ronan who star in the story set in a world 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 (Ronan), who just happens to be obsessed with finding the last group of surviving humans. Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Boyd Holbrook are also part of cast.

If worlds where vampires sparkle and kids fight each other to the death for entertainment can bring in the bucks, this should be fine, right? At any rate, you can bet Open Road is hoping all those people who kept the novel on the NY Times' best-seller list for 26 weeks buy a ticket when the film opens on March 19th next year. [EW]

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  • Kitsydney | June 18, 2012 6:37 AMReply

    I've been very used to watching Saoirse Ronan play young and innocent roles (well, excluding Hanna 'coz I actually haven't seen that one yet) so I can't really wait to see her take on mature and tough roles like in The Host. Plus, I've also already read the book and I actually did love it so I've really been pining to see how it would be like once it's finally brought to life on the big screen. Don't get me wrong though. I love Saoirse but I do have a few reservations as to how she would fare in this movie but then again, she's had quite a lot of successful movies in the past so I'm kind of crossing my fingers that she'd be able to pull tis one off, too. Really, I just can't wait for the movie to come out now. :)

  • Steve L | June 16, 2012 11:56 PMReply

    Jake Abel a "new comer", I guess you didn't see the movie "I Am Number Four"
    He played a punk Quarterback - turned good guy at the end.

  • Brittany | June 19, 2012 6:15 PM

    He was also in Percy Jackson and Supernatural.

  • W | June 16, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    The date is actually March 29. May I ask what makes you think it's not generating the same attention as Twilight or THG? I would like to know how you determined this. I thought it may have been it's not being geared toward teenagers but more to sci-fi crowd, but you may have a different take on it.

  • Momo | June 21, 2012 11:04 AM

    Actually, I was really looking forward to seeing all the marketing that THG's produced. I was suprised when I hardly saw any updates or stories on this movie until very recently. Maybe they are taking a different tact. I am looking forward to watching this movie. I just hope it does well enough that Stephenie Meyer will be inspired to write the sequel.

    I figured that The Host would take the lead from The Hunger Games and do a bigger marketing campaign.

  • Joe | June 15, 2012 11:36 AMReply

    It should look good at least. Will reserve the rest of my judgement until when it actually comes out.

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