The first full day of the San Diego Comic Con found the giant Hall H occupied by nearly the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer showing up as well. But after the Twilight panel finished up, Meyer came back out to the stage to introduce a few minutes from The Host, which is the Andrew Niccol-scripted and directed adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel of the same name.

The book follows a teen girl named Melanie Stryder, who is initially one of the few humans to escape possession by an alien race. But she is eventually “occupied” by a symbiotic alien named Wanderer, and the story kicks into gear as Melanie and Wanderer fight for dominance within the girl’s mind, as human and alien-controlled factions have their own raging conflict.

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Author Stephenie Meyer is obviously best known for writing the Twilight books, but she also wrote a best-seller not filled with vampires, werewolves and teen lust. It’s called The Host and the film version, directed by Andrew Niccol, has just released its first teaser trailer. Starring Saoirse Ronan, The Host is about one woman’s struggle in world where aliens have fused themselves with the majority of humans to create an ideal society.  It’ll be released March 29, 2013 and you can check out the teaser after the jump. Read More »

Although this November’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the last film currently planned in The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer will be back at the box office again just four months later, with March’s The Host. The adaptation of Meyer’s first non-Twilight novel has been in the works for a couple of years now, and picked up steam last year when Saoirse Ronan and Andrew Niccol (In Time) signed on to star and direct, respectively. Max Irons, Jake Abel, and William Hurt joined a few months later, and now Inglourious Basterds actress Diane Kruger has been announced as the latest addition to the cast. More details after the jump.

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William Hurt is the latest addition to The Host, the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer‘s sci-fi romance that will be directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time, Gattaca). The actor is in talks to play Jeb, “eccentric uncle” to Saoirse Ronan‘s character Melanie. Ronan’s character has her mind taken over by an alien intelligence called Wanderer as part of an invasion. But Melanie fights off Wanderer’s dominance, and the girl’s love for a boy named Jared (Max Irons) ends up infecting the alien.

Jake Abel will play another character named Ian, who has his own feelings for Wanderer. In addition to being Melanie’s uncle, Jeb is a leader of the human resistance to the alien effort. The Host will be released on March 29, 2013. [EW]

After the break,Abbie Cornish joins the new film from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, and Felicity Jones will play a lover of Charles Dickens, for director Ralph Fiennes. Read More »

Hot off two of the year’s most buzzed-about performances in Albert Nobbs and Martha Marcy May Marlene, Glenn Close and Elizabeth Olsen have signed on to star in Thérèse Raquin. Charlie Stratton is writing and directing the erotic thriller, which is based on a 19th century novel and play by Émile Zola. Olsen will lead the cast as the titular young woman, who’s pushed into an unhappy marriage by her overbearing aunt (Close). Thérèse eventually falls into a passionate affair with her husband’s friend Laurent, with destructive consequences for all involved.

Close has reportedly been attached to the film for years, though Olsen’s involvement appears to be a recent development. Thérèse Raquin is scheduled to begin shooting this spring. [Entertainment Weekly]

After the jump, David Schwimmer gears up to kill people and Saoirse Ronan gets another love interest for The Host.

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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; Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (One Shot), and Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) are among the contenders for that part. [Deadline]

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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.

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I’ll say this for In Time, Andrew Niccol’s story describing a society driven into extreme class segregation by an economic system in which time is literally money: Niccol drives Justin Timberlake like a taskmaster. The singer-turned-actor runs like crazy, jumps, fights, and sweats his way through a movie that all too often feels more detached than a severed limb. It’s a very physical, very present performance that lends the movie some much-needed credit.

The detachment is due to the always on-the-nose, never close to subtle language used to wield the core concept as a club against economic disparity. I could never take the movie seriously because it was always so insistent about Making a Point. In Time, as written, is perhaps meaty and clever enough for a Twilight Zone episode. Stretched to feature length it is an unconvincing attempt at world-building and simply a deeply silly take on Bonnie and Clyde. Or Robin Hood. Or something. In Time wants to be a lot of things, but it never commits to any one.

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