Casting continues on with the big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s (Twilight) first adult novel published in 2008, The Host. This past summer, we confirmed the casting of the film’s star Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) as Melanie Stryder, one of the last “wild” humans who is unwilling to relinquish her body to alien possession.
According to Deadline, Jake Abel, who you may recognize as Adam Milligan (aka the other brother in the Winchester bloodline) from Supernatural or as Luke in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, is the frontrunner to be cast as male lead of Ian in the Andrew Niccol written and directed film.
Abel has also previously worked alongside Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones.
“The Host” is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
The Host is slated to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013.