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“Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer casting for “Host” adaptation

Auditions are being held for a feature-film adaptation of “The Host,” a novel by “Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer.

As Hollywood tries to keep up with the runaway train that is the “Twilight” saga, Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions have snapped up the right to “Host” and have hired Andrew Niccol to direct. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “The Truman Show” also helmed “Gattaca” and “Lord of War.” He’s aiming to have “Host” in theaters in 2011.

Acting-Auditions.com says auditions are being held for the following parts:

Melanie “Mel” Stryder

Wanderer / Wanda

Jamie Stryder

Uncle Jeb

Jared Howe

Ian O’Shea

Kyle O’Shea

Principal actor casting will be held in Culver City, CA. For more details, click this link. Extras casting will be announced closer to filming date in early 2011.

If producers wanted to guarantee a hit, they’d hand juicy roles to Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. But what do we know, right?

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  • April 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    I can’t wait to see who is cast for the parts.

  • May 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    You are joking, right? There is no way they should give any role in this film to Robert Pattinson of Kristen Stewart. Not only are there no parts that would suit them anyway (most of the characters are last-twenty/thirty-somethings) but the less this film is associated with Twilight the better.

    Fingers crossed about the casting though, and hopefully they won’t listen to all the people screaming for a CW-centric cast!

  • May 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    I couldnt agree more with Lauren… Its tottaly nonsense to have twilight stars on the host… I vote for Jensen Ackles to be Jared and Sophia Bush to be Mel… and I’d die to see Chris Evans as Kyle!!! In my opinion Ian Somerhalder already IS Ian O’Shea!!! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/jensenandsophiathehost/index.html

  • May 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    Camila Belle -Melanie, Josh Duhmal- Jared, Sam Elliot- Uncle Jeb, with Chris and Liam Hemsworth for Kyle and Ian O’Shea…if you don’t know them check out Star Trek and The Last Song.

  • May 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    I agree with Samatha, about Mel. In my mind, mel just looks like she could kick a** and i dont think sophia bush has that look. and i agree with chris evans as ian^^ so love the sam elliot idea as jeb! i love him! and Jensen Ackles seems really good for jared. i hope they cast them, or some people that look and/or can act like the characters. i so dont want r-patz and k-stew as any of the characters. anyways, hope everything turns out good for this movie!!! crossing my fingers!!!

  • May 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    Ian Somerhalder for Ian, IMO there’s no one else who could play that part better.

  • May 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    i would really like to audition for the part of Mel. does anyone have any information on the auditions for this movie?

  • August 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    “They’d hand juicy roles to Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart”???? WTF No way this would make me absoluetley HATE HATE HATE the people who did the casting! Just because The Host and Twilight are both written by Stephanie Meyer doesn’t mean ANYTHING!!! Kristen Stewart would F*** up that movie one of the main subjects of the book was that humans have a lot of emotion adn that was hard for Wanderer to keep control of!! Kristen Stewart is horrible at every single emotion!! Robert Pattinson is too Edwardish, he was an unknown actor before Twilight and now whenever people see him they think of Edward, he’s famous because his fangirls follow him around but either you love him or you hate him!! The Host IS NOT Twilgiht They would ruin the movie for me SO much!!!

  • February 2, 2011 | Permalink |

    Im reading this now, and as I read I picture Ian Somerhalder playing Ian. I dont know why because I dont even watch TVD. I honestly do picture kristen stewart as mel when im reading this because thats who i associate with stephanie meyer. I know thats not a good thing because the host is nothing like the twilight saga, its a totally different story. But I cant help it. I however do not think she should be cast nor do i think she would take the role if it was offered, im pretty sure her and rob are gonna wanna stir clear of Stephanie Meyer movies once they are done with the saga. Im not really sure who would play any of the other characters, I dont really picture any specific actors for the others while Im reading. Anyways this book is great. Stephanie Meyer is really a great writer and knows exactly how to make you fall in love with fictional characters so well! Im excited to finish the book and then see if this movie gets made! I hope it does!

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