Sunday, January 29, 2012

Re-read: Prologue- Inserted

Welcome to the first week of The Host Movie Fans' Community Re-read! Over the next year (and then some) we will be re-reading The Host chapter by chapter. We begin this week with the prologue.

"Send her home."

In these beginning pages, readers are introduced to Fords Deep Water, the Healer responsible for the Soul's insertion into the Host's body. As a Healer and a Soul, Fords is "all things good: compassionate, patient, honest, virtuous, and full of love" (3). He shows great concern for the soul he is responsible for, especially when he knows what she will awake to in her new body. There is also an ominous feeling surrounding the mention of the Seeker and the information the inserted Soul is meant to discover.

Meyer describes the Soul as "a living ribbon" with her attachments "like pale silver hair" (6). The Healing students are in awe of the soul, having started on the origin and living on so many planets as a Flower, a Bear, a Spider, a Sea Weed, and Dragon. They are also curious about the "wild human" (4) lying soulless on the operating table.

As Fords finishes the procedure, he leans towards the body and whispers to the Soul inside: "Good luck, little wanderer, good luck. How I wish you didn't need it" (7).

And there you have it, the beginning of The Host. 

Since we are where it all started, what initially led you to read The Host? Were you already a fan of Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight Saga, or just a curious Sci-Fi fan?

Any other questions or comments? Just leave them below and PLEASE remember to be respectful. You can also find the re-read schedule here.

Follow @HostMovieFans on twitter for all the latest updates.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Max Irons on 'The Host': "It's going to be great."

 What's next for you?

I'm getting ready to go to Louisiana for The Host, with Andrew Niccol and Saoirse Ronan, who is amazing, and she's going to be so great for the part. We start filming on the fifteenth of February and we go through May 1. We've got Andrew Niccol, who's wonderful, and we've got a great script he's developed from Stephenie Meyer's book. It's going to be great.

Is it going to be the next Twilight?

I don't think it's going to be the same as Twilight, I don't think anything ever will be. Twilight was a phenomenon unique to itself. The Host is a different, and I'm excited to see where it goes.

Irons also discusses his style icons, favorite movies, and iPod playlists. You can read the entire interview here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Coming Soon...'The Host' Community Re-Read and Movie of the Week

The Host is not set for release until next year, so we fans need to find ways to pass the time until then. Beginning January 29th and continuing until the week of the film's release, join The Host Movie Fans in a community re-read.

Taking the book chapter by chapter, fans can comment on their favorite quotes, characters, or whatever else tickles their fancy. There is a possibility that some may run into spoilers, but I'm sure most have already read The Host once (or twice...).

You can find the schedule here if you would like to skip ahead or join in during your favorite part of the novel.

In addition to the community re-read, there will also be a "Movie of the Week" pick. Each week, a movie featuring an actor, crew member, or producer of The Host will be highlighted. Suggestions are always welcome and can be left in the comment section of each week's post.

I look forward to this year long endeavor and hope you join in the conversation. Let the countdown begin!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Diane Kruger Talks 'The Host'

While backstage at Donatelle Versace's Atelier Versace presentation, Diane Kruger, who was recently announced for the role of The Seeker, had a few words to say about The Host.
Kruger is getting ready to shoot in “The Host,” director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of the bestselling novel by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer. “I play The Seeker. It’s a love triangle, of course, but it’s about aliens coming into human bodies and taking over,” she explained. “Earth has been occupied by all these aliens and The Seeker is trying to find the last humans.”

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Melanie and Ian Find Their Siblings

Variety reports actors Chandler Canterbury and Boyd Holbrook are in final negotiations for The Host. Canterbury, who appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Knowing, would join the cast as Melanie's younger brother Jamie. Holbrook (Milk, The Big C) is up for the role of Kyle, Ian's older brother.

Diane Kruger was announced yesterday as The Seeker, joining stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, and William Hurt.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Inglourious Basterds' Star Diane Kruger Seeks 'The Host'

Deadline has revealed that Diane Kruger will be joining the cast of The Host as the Seeker. The Seeker "is charged with overseeing the conversion of a young rebel soldier (Ronan) whose consciousness has been infiltrated by Wanderer, a soul that has taken control of bodies and minds but who is daunted by the young human’s spirit, and obsessed with the memories of her boyfriend and her brother, and sets out to track them down. The Seeker pursues her, knowing that the conversion of the rebel will lead to the discovery and eradication of the rebel movement."

Kruger is best known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds, National Treasure, and Troy. 

What do you think about this latest bit of casting news?


What Attracted Max Irons to 'The Host'?

So The Host! What attracted you to this role?

Science fiction. I’ve always loved science fiction. But I suppose it was the casting, the director, and Stephenie herself, which attracted me. I mean, I’m not too familiar with Twilight, but she’s definitely, she’s tapped into something … young people’s psychology. I don’t know what she does, but it really works. The Host is such a great book, and having Andrew Niccol, who is kind of famed for his science fiction, at the helm is comforting, and Saoirse Ronan, who was Oscar-nominated [when she was so young]. In the screen tests, she’s so good, it’s unnerving…

What stage of production are you at?

Going down there this afternoon. I know nothing!

*Author's note: The film is slated to shoot in Louisiana and New Mexico.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

'The Host' to Begin Filming February 13th

In an article reporting the sale of author Cormac McCarthy's spec script, it was revealed filming on The Host will commence February 13th in Baton Rouge before heading to New Mexico.

Star Jake Abel (Ian O'Shea) recently took to twitter, leaving crumbs of information about his wardrobe and workout routine.

With production just around the corner, we should be hearing more casting announcements. New additions to the cast will join Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, and Oscar winner William Hurt in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.

The Host is set for release March 29, 2013. 


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jake Abel Hints at Ian's Wardrobe

Jake Abel took to twitter once more about his upcoming role as Ian. This time he give us a little taste of Ian's style.


Follow Jake Abel @MrJakeAbel.