Following on from the unparalleled success of the Twilight saga, 2013 will see the release of the eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host, with Andrew Niccol – no stranger to the sci-fi genre having directed 2011’s dystopian In Time– directing. Meyer’s dedicated legions of angst-ridden teens and 40-something older women will be hoping for more of the painstakingly tense romantic entanglement delivered by the Twilight series. Luckily for them, The Host (2013) is a sci-fi with a human heart, featuring the hardest of life’s trials: teenage love.
Nevertheless, more traditional sci-fi fans shouldn’t be put off, as Meyer’s story – although not entirely original – is based around a fantastic and intriguing concept: an alien race, known as souls, has infiltrated the Earth and has taken control of human bodies, in an effort to perfect the human race and bring peace to an increasingly violent Earth.
Protagonist Melanie Stryder (played by Saoirse Ronan) is one of a small number of rebel humans that remain free, but when she is captured, an alien soul is ‘inserted’ into her body, seemingly erasing all of her humanity. When Melanie refuses to concede to her body’s new host, an internal fight begins, later, leading to the development of a seriously unique love triangle.
Featuring a cast headed-up by Ronan and Diane Kruger, along with an adequate sprinkling of eye candy for the film’s inevitable teenage girl/mum audience, in the shape of Jake Abel and Max Irons, The Host will hopefully offer something for both lovers of the sci-fi genre and Meyer’s adoring minions alike.
Andrew Niccol’s The Host will be released in UK cinemas in 2013. For a sneak preview, check out the film’s first teaser trailer below.