Open Road films has released the first full-length trailer for its upcoming fantasy film.
The Host is based on the novel of the same name by Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. It’s a long way from vampire romance, however. She’s not straying far from her successful franchise with the characters here – an innocent and virtuous maiden is involved in a love triangle during a dangerous time – but the focus this time is a bit more interesting.
It’s been nearly 8 months since we got that first teaser which had no actual film footage in it, but now we’ve got his full-length trailer, by way of MTV, which shows well the mood that the story will be going for.
The novel follows Melanie, one of the few surviving Humans on the planet after the invasion of the Souls, non-corporeal creatures who inhabit people’s brains, erase their memories and personalities, and take control of their bodies.
In an effort to seek out the last of the surviving humans, one of the Souls, called The Wanderer, takes over Melanie only partially, leaving her memories and emotions mostly intact, so that it can access her knowledge of the human base. She struggles internally to stop the Soul from obtaining this valuable secret.
Melanie’s lover of course is torn by this. It’s clear that his girlfriend has been inhabited by the enemy, and typically, that means that they would need to kill her right away, but some of Melanie is still alive in there. To complicate things, this The Wanderer starts to understand Melanie’s emotions and is influenced by them, falling in love with Melanie’s boyfriend.
If nothing else, it’s a unique take on the ‘love triangle’ trope.
While The Host is only one novel, it’s been split up into a trilogy of films, likely to capitalize on the current popularity of film franchises, especially with Meyers’ name attached.
The Host, written and directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Jake Abel, hits theaters March 29, 2013.