Though The Twilight Saga has finally come to an end with the November release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, fans of author Stephenie Meyer still have more feature film adaptations to look forward to. Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, In Time) adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host is set for release next year, and a new batch of images from the film has landed online. 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 Stryder’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. These new images give us a few looks at Ronan as Melanie, as well as Max Irons’ Jared and Jake Abel’s Ian.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Boyd Holbrook. The Host opens on March 29, 2013.
Just after Cate Blanchett was reported as being in negotiations to play the evil step-mother in Disney’s Untitled Cinderella Story, we now have a trio of international actresses being eyed for the lead role. The contenders for the coveted glass slipper are the Irish-born Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Britain’s Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and Swedish Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair). Originally pitched by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), Disney picked up the project for a substantial sum in 2010. Chris Weitz (About a Boy) wrote the script and Simon Kinberg (X-Men) will produce. Hit the jump for more.
A new trailer for The Host has gone online. It does a solid job of setting up the plot, and sells the love-story angle hard, which is what you would expect when you bill the flick as coming from Stephanie Meyer, author of The Twilight Saga. I’m just not sure if the sci-fi element will attract or turn off the audience the movie intends to attract. Even though Twilight has werewolves and vampires, no one would call it anything but a romance. Hunger Games has an easier time of selling itself as an action-adventure with a romantic subplot. But The Host hasn’t been the literary success of either of those franchises, and without that support, I don’t know how the film will do, especially when March is so crowded with big releases.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Jake Abel and Max Irons. The Host opens March 29, 2013.
Wes Anderson has been gathering a great cast for his upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s brought back regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, added new faces with Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and now another welcome addition has joined the picture. Variety reports that Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan is set to play the female lead in the period picture, which takes place in 1927 in a Hungarian hotel (the title is not misleading). Plot details are scarce, but the movie is reportedly in the vein of the films of Billy Wilder (The Apartment) and Ernest Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner). Filming is set to being in Germany early next year.
Ronan is a terrific addition to any cast due to her versatility, and I’m eager to learn more about her role in Anderson’s movie. Ronan is also attached to lead the historical drama Mary Queen of Scots, and she’ll next be seen in The Host, which opens March 29, 2013.
The possibilities of the vampire story have become increasingly limited. The story has been around for so long, and has been done so many ways, especially of late, that it’s difficult for a storyteller to come in and find a new spin within the predefined parameters of what we all agree is a “vampire”: a bloodsucking immortal. In his new film Byzantium, director Neil Jordan has seized upon the “immortal” part and how a vampire would always be, in a sense, frozen in the past and unable to move forward. Consequently, Byzantium has trouble gaining any momentum. As its protagonist moans about telling a story hundreds of times but never finding anyone to listen, the film struggles to find a rhythm and gets bogged down in some cringeworthy dialogue. But the most frustrating aspect of Byzantium is how it fails to pursue a thoughtful, gender-related idea that holds far more potential than another exploration of how vampires are accursed creatures sentenced to wander the earth alone forever and ever anon.
The first clip from the vampire drama Byzantium has landed online. Directed by Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire), the film stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother/daughter vampire duo who arrive in a small British town where their secret doesn’t stay kept for long. This clip is a scene between Ronan and X-Men: First Class star Caleb Landry Jones, and it’s not exactly Twilight. We see Ronan’s character react in slow motion to Jones dropping a fair amount of his blood on the ground. It’s a bit haunting, a bit strange, and slightly disturbing, but I’m wholly intrigued.
Hit the jump to take a look. The film also stars Sam Riley and Jonny Lee Miller. Byzantium will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, which is currently underway.
When young actress Saoirse Ronan wowed audiences with her turn in 2007’s Atonement, we expected many more fantastic performances to follow. She’s done swell work in the meantime, with a standout role in last year’s Hanna, and now she’s gearing up to tackle one hell of a character. Deadline reports that Ronan is attached to play the title role in Working Title’s Mary Queen of Scots. There’s no word on how much of the dignitary’s life Michael Hirst’s (Elizabeth) script encompasses, but Mary was named Queen of Scotland when she was just nine months old. Hit the jump for more.
The first time I attended Comic-Con was the first time Twilight came to the massive geek gathering. I can still hear the shrieks, probably because I was in Hall H for the franchise’s final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This year’s panel began on a somber note, and there was a brief moment of silence for the Twilight fan who died on Tuesday. After the moment of silence, lead actors Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner were brought to the stage and met with the cheers they’ve always received at Comic-Con. The trio are joined by Mackenzie Foy, who plays Renesmee. Author Stephanie Meyer then takes the stage, making this her first Hall H appearance since the first movie. We then get a special video message from director Bill Condon, who’s currently in London working on the sound mix for Part 2. He tells the audience that the best way to start this panel is to pick up where Breaking Dawn – Part 1 left off. Hit the jump for my full recap of the panel.
Though the Twilight series comes to an end later this year with Breaking Dawn – Part 2, author Stephenie Meyer’s follow-up, a sci-fi novel called The Host, is already getting the big screen treatment. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) wrote the script and is directing, and Hanna star Saoirse Ronan is set in the lead role of Melanie Stryder. 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.
MTV recently visited the New Mexico set of The Host, and video has gone up from their visit that includes our first look at a few scenes being filmed, as well as interviews with Ronan, co-star Max Irons, and Meyer herself. Hit the jump to take a look. The Host opens on March 29th, 2013.
Just as production was about to roll on Disney’s action adventure, Order of the Seven, the studio put an indefinite hold on the project. Debut director Michael Gracey had plans to start shooting in London as early as this summer, but it looks like those plans have been put on ice. Order of the Seven, originally envisioned as a martial arts retelling of the story of Snow White, had set its star, Saoirse Ronan and was in the midst of assembling its international cast. Apparently, all work related to the project has ground to a halt. Even though the film had been in pre-production with cameras ready to roll this year, the project was never officially greenlit and no release date had been established by the studio. Hit the jump for more information behind the indefinite hold put on Order of the Seven.
Word of a sequel to Tony Scott’s Top Gun started bubbling up a few years ago. At the time, most believed Tom Cruise would only be returning for a small role and that the film would center on a new young group of pilots. Movement on the sequel began to pick up in the ensuing months, and as recently as February we learned that Peter Craig (The Town) was working on a script for the sequel that would feature Cruise in a starring role and would see Scott return as director.
Paramount President Adam Goodman recently sat down for an extended conversation with THR and he provided updates on a slew of upcoming projects including Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, World War Z, One Shot, another entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and the aforementioned Top Gun sequel. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
We’ve got a few new posters to share with you today. Briefly:
- Wreck-It Ralph – The teaser poster for Disney’s new animated film which takes place in the world of video games and centers on an 8-bit arcade villain voiced by John C. Reilly.
- The Host – The first poster for director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host. Saoirse Ronan stars as a young girl whose body has become host to an alien invader.
- Safety Not Guaranteed – A new poster for this indie based on a real-life classified ad calling for a time-travel companion. Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake Johnson star.
- Hysteria – The US poster for this romantic comedy based on the invention of the vibrator. The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, and Felicity Jones.
- Cosmopolis – The French poster for director David Cronenberg’s financial crisis-centered thriller starring Robert Pattinson.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and full synopses.
We’ve got a couple of new images to share with you today. Briefly:
- The Host – A new image of star Saoirse Ronan in director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi book. Ronan stars as a young girl whose body has become host to an alien invader. The film opens on March 29th, 2013
- Freaky Deaky – Images of Christian Slater, Andy Dick, and a very creepy Crispin Glover from the Elmore Leonard adaptation. Story centers on two radicals in 1974 who plan a scam using their bomb-making skills.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
The first trailer for the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host has gone online. This is the very definition of a teaser trailer, but the lack of footage isn’t exactly unexpected given that the movie’s still filming and doesn’t come out for over a year. I’m not sure what all this glowing eye stuff is about, but I’m sure those who have read the book can fill me in. 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 (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. I’m a big fan of writer-director Andrew Niccol‘s work and Ronan is a killer actress, so I’m quite intrigued by the project as a whole. I’m not exactly sure what the point of releasing a trailer this early was, but I’m sure we’ll get a better look at the film later this year (in front of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, perhaps?). If you missed them, check out the first images from the film here.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Frances Fisher. The Host opens on March 29th, 2013. [Update: We've updated the article with four hi-res images from the film]
The first scans of images from Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s The Host have gone online. The first trailer hits tomorrow, even though the film doesn’t come out for another year. 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 (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. Though I’m wary of anything by Meyer, I’m a big fan of Niccol’s work (even In Time had its moments) and he’s assembled quite a cast.
Hit the jump to check out the images, which feature Ronan, Max Irons as one of the male leads, and Diane Kruger as the villain/alien president. The Host opens on March 29th, 2013.