Best known for her Twilight novels, author Stephenie Meyers is about to return to the big screen with her latest teen-centric story, Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) adaptation of her book The Host. Set in the near future, an alien race called Souls have invaded and taken over the bodies of almost all of humanity. Open Road has released three new clips in advance of the March 29th release, and they offer a glimpse into the personality and story of the main character, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan).
The first clip introduces us to Melanie when she is still human, one of the few remaining specimens. We find her amidst a number of Hosts, with their creepy, cold blue eyes that practically glow. While they seem relatively peaceful in their approach, what they’re really after is her body, to use as a home for one of their fellows. Melanie is rather opposed to this idea. How opposed, you might ask? Her feelings are strong enough that she would rather run upstairs and fling herself out of a window, presumably in a suicide attempt, than surrender.
Melanie doesn’t succeed in killing herself, however, she’s just seriously wounded, and her body is taken over by a Soul called Wanderer. That brings us to this clip. Even though Melanie’s body has been usurped, she’s such a fighter that her personality just won’t quit, and she keeps fighting. In this video uncle Jeb (William Hurt) explains to Wanderer exactly what to expect, that maybe more of Mel’s personality is bleeding through the edges than you might expect.
Not having seen The Host, I’m not 100% sure where this last clip comes in, but my guess would be that it happens first, chronologically speaking. Much of the story revolves around the romance between Melanie and Jared (Max Irons), another human, and this appears to be their first meeting. Remember when I said that humans were rare? They’re so rare that when Jared encounters Melanie raiding the fridge, he can’t believe that she’s real.