From Entertainment Weekly:
Oscar-winning actor William Hurt is in talks to join Andrew Niccol’s film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host,
according to a source close to the production. Hurt would play the
pivotal role of Jeb, eccentric uncle to Saoirse Ronan’s Melanie Stryder,
whose brain is hijacked by the soul of an alien being known as
Wanderer. Jeb is one of the grizzled leaders of the human survivalists
fighting the alien invasion.
Do you think Hurt Uncle Jeb material?
UPDATE: Tweet from Producer Nick Wechsler