Diane Kruger in Talks to Join Stephanie Meyer Sci-Fi Adaptation THE HOST

     January 20, 2012

As production looms closer for Andrew Niccol’s (In Time) adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host, the director continues to fill out his cast. Saoirse Ronan is onboard as the protagonist Melanie, a young woman whose body is invaded by an alien name Wanderer. Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) is now apparently in talks to play The Seeker. In the world of the film, a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie’s consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. Hit the jump for more.

the-host-book-coverThe Seeker is charged with overseeing the conversion of Melanie, and keeps a close eye on the girl as she knows that the conversion of the rebel will lead to the eradication of the rebel movement. Max Irons plays a young man in love with Melanie and Jake Abel plays a young man in love with Wanderer, with William Hurt in talks to play a rebel leader. Kruger was previously a candidate for a lead in the ambitious untitled Tom Cruise sci-fi pic at Universal, but she dropped out of consideration in favor of The Host.

Deadline’s report on the matter also mentions that the movie is being set up as the first in a trilogy, despite the existence of only one book. Meyer has previously stated that she plans on writing two sequels to the novel, but there’s no word on when those might come to fruition. Nevertheless, The Host is set for release on March 29th, 2013.

Here’s the synopsis for the novel:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human. [Amazon]

  • emily365

    Someone needs to stop Meyer fast before she degrades literature and the female sex anymore. She is a complete hack

    • MatthewM

      Hack? Based on your own expertise and list of best selling novels? It is people like you who degrades fictional literature and the female sex. Get a life.

      • emily365

        Do you see me writing about a female character (Bella) who lusts after a guy, unable to move because he practically dumps her? Get back to me when you come up with a better idea of how girls should act.

    • Jill

      Seeing that The Host is a different and better beast than Twilight, I think it’s reasonable to say that Meyer’s source material has potential to be very promising. If you continues on her Twilight route, then yes, I can see where you’re coming from, but The Host is actually a decent sci-fi adventure/thriller. If didn’t read the novel, then your comment of her being an anti-feminist is irrelevant to this article.

  • mia

    @Emily365 have you even read The Host Melanie’s character is a strong young women who managed to escape capture by the invading souls for years, living on the run. Eventually she is captured but she still continues to fight after she is implanted. And she fights to find her family and love ones. Wanderer is the invading soul that inhabits Melanie’s body and she will doing anything for her new family and her love.

    So i don’t know how she is “degrades the female sex”

    P.S. You should do your research.

  • Fravit

    I enjoyed this book infinitely more than any of the Twilight books. This movie has potential to be good, if they trim down some of the clunkier parts in the middle of the story and tweak the ending a bit. Stephenie Meyer has definitely proven she doesn’t know how to write endings to stories. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic, though.

  • shmy

    I think Diane would do a great job as The Seeker, she has this very angular face that fits the description of the Seeker in my face. Hair color? I don’t really care.

    @Fravit I like The Host (though I don’t believe it should be called adult but rather Young Adult) and I would be okay if they tweaked the ending for in benefit of a cliffhanger (IF there will be sequels) otherwise I would like it as it is.

    • shmy

      *in my mind! Oh dear that typo was unfortunate

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