First Look + Trailer: Saoirse Ronan + Max Irons in Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host'

The first images and teaser trailer for Stephenie Meyer's post-Twilight sci-fi story The Host have just been released. Take a look and tell us what you think!

First Look + Trailer: Saoirse Ronan + Max Irons in Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

The first images and teaser trailer for Stephenie Meyer’s post-Twilight sci-fi story The Host have just been released. Take a look and tell us what you think!

-Lucia Peters

The Host

Are you a Twilight fan? Are you preparing to go through major withdrawal when Breaking Dawn – Part 2 comes out in November? Are you searching for something to fill that gigantic void (if, for whatever reasons, The Hunger Games just isn’t doing it for you)? Well, help is here: The first images and teaser trailer for The Host, Stephenie Meyer’s non-Twilight tale, have just arrived. Let’s take a look, shall we?

First the images. Here, we have Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons as Melanie and Jared, two of the last remaining free spirits in a world that has been taken over by mind-controlling aliens called Souls:

Saoirse Ronan Max Irons

When a Soul named Wanderer attempts to assume control of Melanie, it encounters some unforeseen problems. Melanie refuses to yield, and her remaining emotions draw her to the hunky Jared:

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I’ll be honest with you: I haven’t read The Host, mostly because Twilight horrified me so much that I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. However, I do think it’s kind of neat that it’s a sci-fi story, as opposed to a supernatural romance. Indeed, according to People, director Andrew Niccol, whose previous films include In Time and the wonderful Gattaca, describes The Host as “kind of an alien love story.” Iiiiiiinteresting. The cast also includes Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Jake Abel.

Want to see the teaser trailer? Here you go:

Actually, that’s… pretty creepy. Our world is perfect… but it’s also no longer ours. Hmmm.

I have a lot of complaints about Twilight (one being that from a technical standpoint, the writing is just bad), but one of the biggest one is that for all its talk of a big showdown between vampires and its supposed battles with werewolves, it always seems like nothing really HAPPENS. Most of the story is taken up by someone pining for and whining about someone else, whether it’s Bella for Edward, Jacob for Bella, or whatever. This is extremely passive, and it gets tiresome very quickly. I have hopes, though, that The Host will have more going on in it, purely because the premise of the story is so much more active: We’ve got a parasite trying to take over a human host, and the human is resisting this takeover for everything she’s worth. Now THAT’S active, and it’s what drama is made of.

So who knows. Maybe it will be better than Twilight. It may not have any vampires or werewolves, but I think I can live with that. Aliens are so much more interesting, anyway, don’t you think?

The Host is set to hit cinemas on March 29, 2013.

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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