Jake Abel Lands One of Two Male Leads in Adaptation of 'The Host'
No, this isn't about a remake of the 2006 South Korean monster movie, but instead it's an update on an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host, the science fiction story that take her outside of The Twilight Saga for the first time. We already know that The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan will has taken the role of Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. Now Deadline reports I Am Number Four and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief star Jake Abel will play Ian, one of two lead male roles in the adaptation from In Time director Andrew Niccol.
The character of Ian is one of the humans who tries to stop some of the other survivors from this alien invasion from killing Melanie after finding herself captured by the Souls and implanted by one called Wanderer, one of the more infamous of the species because she has attached herself to so many "hosts" before. The invading parasites in questions take over human bodies by fusing to each person's consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. However, Melanie is relentless in her resistance to Wanderer and refuses to surrender her consciousness. In this struggle the alien apparently becomes overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and emotions and ends up reconnecting with the girl's old life.
Personally, I still think this story is going to be a hard one to visualize since it sounds like a lot of the struggles are presented through inner monologues as Melanie struggles to keep hold of her memories and former life. Of course, flashbacks could easily be used to visualize the struggle, much in the same way Michael Gondry did in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, this is a Stephanie Meyer novel we're talking about, so I'm not expecting anything remotely close in quality to that fantastic film.
The second male lead role is in the midst of being cast right now with Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, The Last Song) in the running along with Max Irons, Kit Harrington and Jai Courtney vying for the role. Here's hoping a talented actress like Saoirse Ronan can bring some gravitas to Meyer's story, and Niccol can deliver something more on par with Gattaca rather than his recent disappointing and wholly generic venture back into science fiction with In Time.