Born Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons in the London, England borough of Camden on Oct. 17, 1985, Max Irons is the scion of one of the most celebrated acting families in the United Kingdom. His parents a...
With the Twilight franchise behind us, fans of Stephenie Meyer's unique blend of genre tropes and romance stories are waiting patiently for their hunger to be fed by the author's next big adaptation: The Host. From director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time), the sci-fi tale takes place in a world invaded by a parasitic alien race known as "Souls." One teenage girl, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), doesn't take the mental overtaking lightly. Instead of succumbing to her extraterrestrial visitor (a Soul named "Wanderer"), she fights back mentally, flooding their shared consciousness with her memories and creating a bond between the two. Together, they set off on a mission to track down Melanie's missing family (while outrunning more nefarious Souls aka The Seekers).
We got our first taste of The Host at Comic-Con and in the first trailer for the film. Now, we have an even broader look at the action in store when the movie eventually hits theaters in March. Courtesy of Little, Brown's The Host: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, Hollywood.com is exclusively premiering 10 new images including new looks at Ronan as Melanie/Wanderer, Ian (Jake Abel), Kyle (Boyd Holbrook), Jared (Max Irons), brother/sister pair Jeb (William Hurt) and Maggie (Frances Fisher), and some nasty looking Seekers.
The footage from Comic-Con offered bigger scale action than anything served up in Twilight and our handful of new images make good on the promise with glimpses at fight scenes and major stunts. Don't worry: there's plenty of romance too. Check out the images from the Illustrated Movie Companion (available now and stuffed with even more pics) and watch for The Host when it arrives on March 29, 2013.
Fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, be warned: this is not a love story.
The Host is actually a sci-fi tale of human survival in the wake of an alien invasion. These aliens, called "Souls," inhabit the minds of humans and possess their bodies, and the human race is almost to the point of extinction.
Some humans have survived and formed a rebel community, which includes Melanie Stryder, her family, and her boyfriend Jared. But when Melanie is captured and is possessed by a Soul named Wanderer, or Wanda for short, she does not cooperate and maintains consciousness. She floods their shared mind with memories of her loved ones and emotions until Wanda starts to form a connection to them as well.
Wanda meets up with Melanie's community of rebels, and things become complicated as the humans do not know how to deal with Wanda, Jared wants nothing to do with the alien in his girlfriend's body, and another boy, Ian, becomes protective of Wanda and forms a connection with her. And when Wanda's boss The Seeker attempts to find the rebel community and infect the remaining humans with more Souls, Wanda's allegiances are called into question.
Directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, and Diane Kruger, The Host hits theaters March 29, 2013.
Watch the trailer below and weigh in: is The Host charting new territory for Meyers adaptations or is it stuck emulating Twilight?
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Irons will have a busy year to concentrate on getting over the break-up - he beat out Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington for a leading role in Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's upcoming film adaptation of The Host.
Max, 26, has landed roles in films including Dorian Gray and Red Riding Hood and has even modelled in campaigns for fashion brands Burberry and Mango.
But veteran star Jeremy insists it can be difficult for new actors to achieve career longevity once they're no longer hot property.
He tells London's Evening Standard, "The business now tends to want pretty young people and uses them up and spits them out if they can't do it.
"It used to happen to a small extent to girls when I started. But it didn't happen to guys like it does now. Obviously, if Max wants advice, he'll get it from me. But he's going to have to find out the reality of this job for himself."
The 26-year-old son of veteran Jeremy Irons has beat out Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington for the part.
Irons will play Saoirse Ronan's boyfriend, Jared, who falls in love with both her free spirit character Melanie and the alien who takes control of her soul, Wanderer in the new movie.
Director Andrew Niccol tells People magazine, "Stephenie was very involved (in the casting)... It's a love story on a grand scale."
The movie, based on the 2008 science fiction novel, also features Diane Kruger as Seeker, a space invader sent to Earth to regulate the takeover of humans.
The 26 year old will play Jared Howe in the Andrew Niccol movie, according to EW.com.
Reports suggest he beat out Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and Kit Harrington for the part.
The film, which starts shooting in Louisiana in February (12), stars Saoirse Ronan as a young woman who shares her body with an alien force known as Wanderer.
Ronan's The Lovely Bones co-star Jake Abel is still in talks to play Ian in the film, according to Variety.
UPDATE: No word yet on whether or not Abel will play Ian, but we do know -- per Deadline -- who has landed the other male-lead role, Jake: Max Irons, an up-and-coming young actor who was last seen in Red Riding Hood.
EARLIER: The kingdom of the young adult fiction genre might have a new contender for its throne. The name of this rising knight: Jake Abel.
He might not sound too familiar, but his reputation is on the rise. Abel has found his way into a collection of films of the young adult fiction nature: The Lovely Bones, I Am Number Four and the Percy Jackson & the Olympians movies. His next foray in this neighborhood might very well be as the star of Andrew Niccol's adaptation of the novel The Host, which is written by Twilight series author Stephanie Meyer.
The Host takes a look at a future society where spirits freely inhabit and then evacuate bodies of humans, without causing much of a stir. However, one of these alien spirits will become indefinitely attached to the body of a dying woman, bent on a mission to find a specific society of people.
Sure, the nature of the "young adult genre," and the source material coming from Meyer might be a bit polarizing. Though the Twilight series has its share of diehard fans, there are also those who are turned off by the franchise, and might be by any other film coming from a Meyer novel. However, for those, there is Andrew Niccol.
The director of the upcoming The Host is known for his cerebral winners. Niccol wrote and directed the classic sci-fi Gattaca, which is truly one of the greatest original dystopian films ever made, as well as the campy-but-interesting S1m0ne. Niccol also wrote The Truman Show and the story for Steven Spielberg's The Terminal. His most recent contribution is the Justin Timberlake starrer In Time.
So, this is really firing on all cylinders. For one the young adult genre, you have Abel and Meyer. For those who are hesitant about such films, you have Niccols. And for anyone who hates all of these things, you have alien spirits taking over dying people's bodies. If you have a problem with that, then there's no pleasing you.
Also starring in the film is Saoirse Ronan. Others in talks for Abel's role of a gradually reforming young thug include Dane DeHaan, Thomas McDonnell and Augustus Prew.
The Aussie will fight it out with Kit Harington and Max Irons for the role of Saoirse Ronan's boyfriend, Jared, in The Host.
Meyer's sci-fi tale chronicles Melanie Stryder's (Ronan) battle with an alien who takes over her body.
Ronan's The Lovely Bones co-star Jake Abel will test for the role of villain Ian in the film, according to Variety.
Max Irons received acclaim for playing Amanda Seyfried's love interest in the thriller, but rather than capitalise on his fame, the 25 year old is keen to remain out of the spotlight.
And his father is delighted at Max's decision, as he worries about the effect Hollywood will have on his son.
Jeremy Irons tells Britain's The Sun, "My heart is in my mouth for him. Today it's 'grab 'em and spit 'em out'. In my day it was like that for girls but it now seems the same for boys.
"The business is difficult. There are so many good actors. Max has done two good plays but hasn't had the luxury I had of churning out stuff in rep (repertory theatre) and failing privately. He's looking for theatre stuff where he can be out of the limelight."
Movies are divided into two categories: those you want to see and those you don’t. The movies you want to see are the ones you want to shell out $13 for and you don’t care if you have to sit next to a guy who texts his roommate about what kind of crops he wants to plant in his FarmVille farm throughout the whole screening. The movies you don’t want to see are obviously defined as the ones you’re not willing to do that for. But occasionally a movie will come out where you’re not dying to go see it in the theaters but you’re still kind of interested in what it has to offer. These are the movies you rent on DVD. They’re cheaper than the cost of a theater ticket and you have the ability to stop watching it without feeling bad about wasting money. But how come the introduction to this Blu-ray review is about such fundamental concepts regarding the movie going experience and how does it relate to Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood? I’ll tell you: it’s because Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood is part of a very exclusive club of movies that make up a secret third category: the movies that aren’t even worth the price of renting.
Anyone who watched Red Riding Hood can figure out what Catherine Hardwicke was trying to do when she made it: she was reminding us that before the sweet Brothers Grimm tale of the innocent girl who met a wolf while delivering goods to her sick grandmother was Charles Perrault’s version that he wrote to entertain King Louis XIV in the late 17th century. Perrault’s story is known for being much darker and much more sexualized than the one parents tell their children before today. Red Riding Hood herself was meant to be a symbol of reaching sexual maturation and her red coat was supposed to be interpreted as the blood a virgin sheds upon a her first sexual experience.
But Hardwicke didn’t want to simply retell Perrault’s story – she obviously wanted to tell her own and she navigated this task by introducing enough new elements into the movie so the plot would seem reinvented. For instance she had Valerie (played by Amanda Seyfried) almost forced into an arranged marriage. She also made Valerie’s mother Suzette (played by Virginia Madsen) have two children with two different men. And Hardwicke even complicated the story by adding a villain in Father Soloman who embodies the figure we recognize from politics as the person who gains the poor villagers’ admiration for agreeing to help them but turns out to only be interested in helping himself. While all of these additions do make for new twists to the plot the problem was that the final product was a mess that insulted viewers’ intelligence. It seemed like Hardwicke just felt so much pressure to devise a new interpretation of the story that she completely lost sight of her source material. And while movies that tell stories in new ways can be exciting Hardwicke would have proved herself to be a much more capable filmmaker if she had managed to bring her style to the tale without flooding it with sludge.
But the people who did enjoy the movie (however few of them there are) will find the special features on the Blu-ray to be rewarding. There are a handful of extras that give fans insight as to how Red Riding Hood’s coat was designed how Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons were cast to be Amanda Seyfried’s love interests and there’s a bunch of rehearsal footage where we got to see actors practicing their dance moves and their fight scenes. But what I found most enjoyable was the (brief) section on how the wolf was digitally created. It was also cool to hear the actors talk about what it was like to film their scenes with the wolf (which was often represented to the actors as either a person dressed in fur or a wolf torso that was mounted on top of another actor) and talk about how they had nothing to rely on or help guide them through their lines. There's also the usual suspects like commentary deleted scenes and a gag reel. Unfortunately it's never a good sign when a person enjoys a DVD's special features more than the actual movie.
Made feature film debut as the curtain call boy in "Being Julia," co-starring his father Jeremy Irons and Annette Bening
Appeared on British crime series "The Runaway" (Sky1)
Cast in "Dorian Gray" opposite Ben Barnes; film based on Oscar Wilde's novel
Co-starred with Saoirse Ronan in "The Host," based on novel by Stephenie Meyer
Co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in fantasy thriller "Red Riding Hood"
Born Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons in the London, England borough of Camden on Oct. 17, 1985, Max Irons is the scion of one of the most celebrated acting families in the United Kingdom. His parents are Oscar winning British actor Jeremy Irons and Tony-nominated Irish actress Sinéad Cusack, while his grandparents were the acclaimed Irish stage performers Cyril Cusack and Mary Margaret Kiely. Despite this bloodline, Irons was initially fearful of following in his family's footsteps, due in part to his dyslexia, which made public speaking a challenge. But after successfully memorizing a 30-page play by Neil LaBute for a drama festival, the 16-year-old Irons decided to pursue a life in drama. He initially taught performance in Nepal, then made his screen debut as a featured extra in "Being Julia" (2004) before taking formal training at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008. To support himself during this period, Irons worked as a model for such labels as Burberry and Mango. <p>In 2009, he enjoyed his first substantive film role with a bit part as a 19th century libertine in Oliver Parker's adaptation of "Dorian Gray," but remained off-screen for two more years before taking a supporting turn as a privileged young man in the fantasy "Red Riding" (2011) opposite Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman. Irons then played against type as a drug-addicted pornographer in "The Runaway" (Sky 1, 2011) before signing with Macy's INC to serve as the "face" of their summer 2012 advertising campaign. The exposure clearly paid off for Irons, who subsequently landed his first major film experience as the love interest to alien host Saoirse Ronan in "The Host" (2013), Andrew Niccol's ill-fated adaptation of the science fiction novel by <i>Twilight</i> (2005-2008) series author Stephenie Meyer. Irons then rebounded by returning to television for the historical drama series "The White Queen" (BBC 1, 2013), which cast him as King Edward IV of England. </p>