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There are a couple of pieces of significant casting news for the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's 2008 bestseller The Host. Saoirse Ronan was tapped to portray the lead, "Melanie"/"Wanda," earlier this year, and now there is news on the two leading male characters - "Jared" and "Ian." Last month, Variety reported: Liam Hemsworth ("The Hunger Games"), Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones"), Jai Courtney ("One Shot") and Max Irons ("Red Riding Hood") will test for the role of Jared, Melanie's boyfriend. Dane DeHaan ("In Treatment"), Thomas McDonnell ("Prom"), Augustus Prew ("The Borgias") and Ronan's "Lovely Bones" co-star Jake Abel will test for the role of Ian, who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her. Now, Entertainment Weekly reports that Max Irons has been selected for the role of "Jared," and Jake Abel has scored the role of "Ian »
 With Saoirse Ronan already locked in  for Andrew Niccol's The Host, the search is on for two handsome young lads to play the male leads. Jake Abel has just been selected for the part of Ian, beating out several competitors including Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines), Thomas McDonnell (Prom), and Augustus Prew (Charlie St. Cloud). Abel, who's still negotiating his deal, has worked with Ronan once previously on Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones. More recently, he's also starred in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and I Am Number Four. Based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer, The Host revolves around a woman named Melanie (Ronan) whose body is possessed by an alien parasite named Wanderer. Ian is a human who initially attacks Wanderer, but eventually falls in love with her. The other major mail character, that of Melanie's boyfriend Jared, is still being cast »
- Angie Han
Comic book fans have been enjoying their favorite heroes on film for over a decade and now lovers of young adult books get to relive their favorites on the big screen as well. The Harry Potter films have come to a satisfactory end and the exciting first half of the final Twilight Saga picture is coming to theaters on the 14th of this month. What’s left to look forward to? In a word: plenty.
The Hunger Games movie is coming next March. If you haven’t read the imaginative and harrowing dystopian novel by Suzanne Collins, you still have the time. Starring as heroine Katniss Everdeen in the film is up and comer Jennifer Lawrence. Her two strapping young men are Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale. You knew there would be a love triangle, »
- Sasha Nova
Stephenie Meyer won the hearts of many supernatural fans when she created the story of a paranormal love triangle in the Twilight saga, and now she’s hoping to grab the sci-fi fans with a story about an extra-terrestrial love triangle in The Host, so a lot is riding on the two male leads. Who will they be?
Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Hanna) has already snagged the role of Melanie, the main character that’s captured and forced to become host to one of the aliens that have taken over the Earth, and now it’s time to find the guys that will complete the remaining corners of yet another impossible, improbable triangle filled with tons of teen angst.
- Marty Shaw
Apologies all around, readers. Some of this is yesterday's news, but thanks to snow, sleeplessness and schedule conflicts, I'm only just now posting it. You were probably passed out in a candy coma anyway, and if you weren't, why not? With Twilight nearing its end, I know you're all clamoring for the next big Stephanie Meyer adaptation, and you're in luck. "The Host" (starring Saoirse Ronan) is hurrying to get filming before the bloom is off the Meyer, and Variety has produced the shortlist for the leading lads. Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Jai Courtney and Max Irons are all in consideration for the role of Jared, boyfriend of alien-invaded Melanie. Dane DeHaan, Thomas McDonnell, Augustus Prew, and Jake Abel are vying for the role of Ian, who gets mean and rapey with the alien-invader Wanderer before falling in love with her. Geez, is there a Meyer book that doesn't whisper »
We’ve got another little scoop on the movie adaptation for Stephenie Meyer’s The Host this week! Variety is reporting that big casting decisions are on the horizon with guys being brought in to read for the very coveted roles of both Jared and Ian. Read more below to see who’s being considered:
With Andrew Niccol’s “In Time” hitting theaters over the weekend and the beginning of the end in sight for Stephenie Meyer’s “The Twilight Saga,” the writer-director and bestselling author are turning their attention to the casting of “The Host,” a feature adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel that will be distributed in the U.S. by Open Road Films
Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”), Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Jai Courtney (“One Shot”) and Max Irons (“Red Riding Hood”) will test for the role of Jared, Melanie’s boyfriend. Dane DeHaan (“In Treatment”), Thomas McDonnell (“Prom”), Augustus Prew (“The Borgias”) and Ronan’s “Lovely Bones” co-star Jake Abel will test for the role of Ian, who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her.
Read more at Variety here and see more at MTV here.
(Pics Via MTV!)
Really not that surprising of choices for either character, these are the bigger names right now.
What do you think of the current choices for Jared and Ian? »
Now the two male lead roles need to be filled with producers conducting screen tests in coming days.
Aussies Liam Hemsworth ("The Hunger Games") and Jai Courtney ("Spartacus: Blood and Sand"), along with British boys Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") and Max Irons ("Red Riding Hood") will test for the role of Jared, Melanie's boyfriend.
Dane DeHaan ("In Treatment"), Thomas McDonnell ("Prom"), Augustus Prew ("The Borgias") and Jake Abel ("Percy Jackson") will test for the role of Ian, who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her.
- Garth Franklin
 With the uber-successful Twilight film series due to end next November, Hollywood is turning its attention that other Stephenie Meyer adaptation, the sci-fi romance The Host. In Time writer/director Andrew Niccol boarded  the project earlier this year with Saoirse Ronan set to star , and now a group of young up-and-comers are getting ready to compete for the two male leads. Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), and Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) are set to test for a character named Jared, while Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines), Thomas McDonnell (Prom), Augustus Prew (Charlie St. Cloud), and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones) will test for the part of Ian. More details after the jump. Here's a quick synopsis of Meyer's novel: Melanie Stryder [is] one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. »
- Angie Han
Kristen Stewart is technically the star of "The Twilight Saga," but let's face it: It's Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner that really send Twihards over the (new) moon. Sure, the films would have been good even if some other actors had filled the roles of Edward and Jacob, but it's hard to imagine "Twilight" would have turned into the cultural phenomenon it is without those two specific hunks at the center of the action.
So are you ready for Team Ian vs. Team Jared?
With filming now completed on "The Twilight Saga," Stephenie Meyer and director Andrew Niccol are turning their attention to "The Host" -- and according to Variety, they've already picked out a bunch of hot actors to vie for the roles that could turn the movie into your next big obsession.
Here's a quick rundown of "The Host" for you: One of the biggest bestsellers of 2008, Meyer's »
- Scott Harris
Twilight is almost over, but fans of Stephanie Meyer don't have to fear for the author's future. While the second to last movie in the sparkly vampire franchise will arrive in theaters less than a month from now, Meyer's most recent novel, The Host, is already going through the Hollywood system and being prepped for a feature film adaptation. Andrew Niccol is set to direct the movie with Saoirse Ronan set to star, but it's just not a Meyer book without a pair of hunky male leads... Variety reports that Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Jai Courtney, and Max Irons are up for the role of Jared in the movie while Dane DeHaan, Thomas McDonnell, Augustus Prew and Jake Abel are up for the role of Ian. The plot is about a young girl named Melanie Stryder whse body plays host to an alien called Wanderer. In the book Jared is »
The adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host is gearing up now that writer-director Andrew Niccol has wrapped up duties on his latest feature In Time. The film takes place in the future, and Saoirse Ronan is set to star as Melanie, a woman whose body is invaded by an alien named Wanderer. Casting has now turned to the two male leads in the film: Jared, Melanie’s boyfriend, and Ian, “a menacing young man who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her.” Hit the jump to find out what actors are in the running for the two roles. Variety reports that the actors testing for Jared include Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), and Max Irons (Red Riding Hood). Testing for Ian is Dane DeHaan (In Treatment), Thomas McDonnell (Prom), Augustus Prew (The Borgias »
- Adam Chitwood
This is the review of The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, directed by Burr Steers and starring Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal Logue, Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta. Reviewed by Gabriella Apicella. Before approaching The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud, I tried as hard as possible to remember what it was like to be a sentimental 14 year old girl, as a cynical 30-something feminist is clearly not the target audience for this film. The film tells the story of (in the words of the besotted female characters) the “mysterious”, “tortured” and “sensitive” Charlie St Cloud, who is racked with guilt after the car-crash that killed his 11-year-old brother, and with whom he makes a post-death deal to meet in the clearing of a cemetery every night at sunset to practice catch (sorry – baseball). »
- Gabriella Apicella
12 items from 2011
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