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Watch: Saoirse Ronan Can Beat You in a Staring Contest in First Trailer for 'The Host'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 26, 2012 at 10:50PM

As "The Hunger Games" broke box office records and the new trailer for "Breaking Dawn, Part II" hit theaters, Andrew Niccol's "The Host," based on the Stephenie Meyer novel, has rushed to ride the same wave with this strangely inchoate new trailer.
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Saoirse Ronan in "The Host"
Saoirse Ronan in "The Host"

As "The Hunger Games" broke box office records and the new trailer for "Breaking Dawn, Part II" hit theaters, Andrew Niccol's "The Host," based on the Stephenie Meyer novel, has rushed to ride the same wave, launching its marketing campaign with this strangely inchoate first trailer. The film doesn't open until March 29, 2013 (!), which explains the stock-image feel of the teaser.

The novel is aimed at a slightly more adult audience than either "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games," and takes place in a dystopian future of power-hungry, body-snatching aliens with bright blue eyes. Produced by Chockstone Pictures, the film is being released by AMC/Regal's Open Road Films. Even with its Stephenie Meyer DNA, it's unlikely that horrific "The Host" will do for Open Road what "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" have done for Summit-turned-Lionsgate.

This article is related to: Saoirse Ronan, Franchises, Open Road Films


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.