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Casting for male leads in Stephanie Meyer’s ‘The Host’ is underway

Stephanie Meyer’s novel The Host is being adapted into a movie.  With the lead female role already cast by the lovely Saoirse Ronan, the competition is now on for the lead male roles.

Indie Wire reports :

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 Ronanalready 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.”

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The film is scheduled for release on 3/29/13.

  • Gyleches

    Can't they just hire unknowns like they did in Twilight? The casting for The Hunger Games is a HUGE disapointment as this is already. Saoirse Ronan is a great actress but way too young to play Melanie.

  • LB

    Ian does not brualize Wanda. Incorrect word.

  • LB

    *brutalize*

  • Lolann

    totally wrong word….I would use that word to describe his brother and how he treats her…Ian is prejudice, distrusting, angry, but does not brutalize her. In response to gyleches…the actors they are choosing are young and a few are relatively unknown so they could be good choices. And i like Saoirse Ronan and she isn't too young if you remember Melanie was only 17 at the beginning when she is flashing back and is not much older during the remainder of the book. The wander is older not melanie. Plus she was way buff and bad a.. in hannah and will make a great melanie!

  • Alex

    Melanie is only 20. Thats not the problem. Saoirse's problem is…SHE DOESNT LOOK A THING LIKE MELANIE. Melanie is supposed to have “sun-browned skin”, black hair, slanted eyebrows and hazel eyes. Not pale skin, fair hair, arched brows and BLUE eyes. >:

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