"The Host (2013)", a film adaptation of a sci-fi novel by "Twilight" authoress Stephenie Meyer, might have found one of its two male lead characters. Deadline reported that actor Jake Abel has become the frontrunner to play Ian and is currently in negotiation to take the role in the film.
The actor who plays Mark James in "I Am Number Four" has been chosen from a list of several young thesps who are also considered to take the part. Should he land the role, he will be reunited with his co-star in "The Lovely Bones", Saoirse Ronan, who has been cast as female lead Melanie.
While Able is close to play Ian, a suitable actor for the role of Jared is still being considered. Liam Hemsworth, Max Irons, Kit Harington as well as Jai Courtney are reportedly among the candidates.
To hit U.S. theaters on March 29, 2013, "The Host" follows Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans who put up a fight against an alien species called Souls. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the "hosts" she has attached to on numerous planets.
Wanderer's goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, the alien is driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life.
This movie will be directed and written by Andrew Niccol with Meyer serving as the producer along with Nick Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz and Steve Schwartz. The production is expected to begin soon.