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Two New Photos from Andrew Niccol's 'The Host' Starring Jake Abel

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June 16, 2012
Source: RopeofSilicon

Andrew Niccol's The Host

You will be one of us. I'm always a little partial to anything with a sci-fi tinge, even if it's another Stephanie Meyer adaptation. But I was finally caught by RopeofSilicon's headline for these images: "Two New Pictures from 'The Host' Have Me Digging for Plot Points." Indeed — what the heck is this even about? Open Road Films has released another two photos, via EW.com, for Andrew Niccol's adaptation of The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, and Jake Abel as Ian O'Shea. If you've read the novel, you know the story. It's a romantic character drama about aliens that have taken over minds, while bodies remain intact.

You can see the two new images of Ian in full below. "Ian has only known this alien," Abel explains. "[It's] a love box, between my feelings for Wanda, the alien inside the body, and Jared’s feelings for Melanie, the human who he’s known, whom Ian has never known." Still no idea what's going on. But take a look at Jake:

Jake Abel in Andrew Niccol's The Host

Saoirse Ronan & Jake Abel in Andrew Niccol's The Host

The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed. We featured the first teaser trailer in March, but beyond that and a few photos, I've been wondering what exactly this is about. What's up with the eyes?

Andrew Niccol (In Time, Gattaca, Lord of War) wrote and directed the adaptation of The Host, based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, one of the last people fighting against an invading parasitic alien methodically taking over humans. This also stars Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Jake Abel, Max Irons and hits theaters on March 29th, 2013.

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  • Rory Gilmore
    The light in their eyes means there's an alien inside them...it's not that hard really.
  • Jericho
    sounds great...until one of the aliens will inevitably fall in love in some way and be different than the others......
  • HazedMind
    Andrew Niccol hmmm wrote the screenplay to one of my all time favourite movies, directed one of the worse movies of last year, could be iffy
    • Rory Gilmore
      In Time is hardly one of the worst movies of last year, compared to Sucker Punch, Green Lantern or Transformers, Niccol's film is a masterpieces
  • Name
    Meh.
  • It doesn't sound terrible. Just hope they don't start robbing banks.
  • sometimes_I_surprise_myself
    I've read the book, so hopefully I can better explain for people wondering what it's about. Aliens have invaded earth and essentially live in the human brain--they take control over the human body and the human that body used to belong to is erased. This race of aliens has whiped out several planets-worth of beings, but insist they are doing everyone a favor--they bring 'peace' everywhere because they are inherently peaceful and good (It's very contradictory, I know). They believe that all other races are sort of lesser beings and therefore it doesn't matter that they are being wiped out. Anyway, one alien, Wanda, is placed in a human (Melanie) and finds that the human has not faded and is completely aware of what's going on and angry that she's having to share her body. Eventually, they become begrudging friends and Melanie convinces Wanda to escape to the mountains where a small resistance of humans reside. There they meet Jarrod, who is the love of Melanie's life and who hates Wanda for taking Melanie away from him, and Ian, who falls in love with Wanda despite the fact that she is an alien in a body that belongs to Jarrod (is kind of how it's worded n the book). SO! That's The Host. A weird, love triangle-box thing.
    • conradthegreat
      Thanks for lining that up! From the brief description listed above, I had no idea what this was about character-wise. But from the sound of this, it may have made a better short story rather a book or a movie. Kinda ridiculous. This author Stephanie Meyer is a god awful writer. Teens these days LOVE GARBAGE!! It's amazing how much people buy into this but at the same time admit that it sucks hard. Mark my words. This will be getting a razzie nomination next year.
      • Jill
        >> it may have made a better short story rather a book or a movie. Kinda ridiculous. That's like judging a movie and saying it's bad based on a 2 minute trailer. You're free to make that judgment which is kinda ridiculous, but not as ridiculous as saying it's be a better short story than a book or movie based on brief description.
  • fem!anon
    Aghh. I wish people would give the book a chance. I thought it was a good read, really interesting and different from the typical 'ARGHH BODY SNATCHERS' concept. These aliens see humans as being destructive to each other and want to change the human society into a peaceful one. That's the super simple single-sentence synopsis.
    • fem!anon
      And I wouldn't classify it as a romance. The romance aspect is... on the backburner. And it's not even a lovey-dovey kind of romance. That's all I'm saying.
  • Jill
    "Indeed — what the heck is this even about?" The EW article explains the story. So the author of the RopesofSilicon, and you, should probably be given the dunce hat for failing to read. I just find it odd that people complain about trailers giving away the story, and now we have writers on blogs complaining not "knowing about a story" when there's a succinct paragraph explaining it. I mean, the pictures may not be as direct like a man dressed in a bat suit indicating he's Batman or in a blue & red spandex with a spider on his chest indicating that he's Spiderman. I never saw the author of RopesofSilicon complain when a still of other movies came out, so I'll put the ignorance on "it's-a-Meyer-adaption-so-I'll-malign-it." It's rather unprofessional. Let's give the stills credit for keeping you wondering.
  • Cissy
    I am an avid reader. I tried 3 times to read The Host, it is awful. I hope the movie will make it better, but not holding out much hope.

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