USA Today coverage of The Host Hollywood Premiere. Excerpt:
“It’s exciting to meet young people who have read the book and who are excited about the film,” said Ronan, 18, who plays Melanie Stryder, a human invaded by an alien for the majority of the film. Ronan, who previously earned praise for films including Hanna and The Lovely Bones, said she was taken aback by the fervor surrounding The Host. “It’s the first time I’ve been involved in a film where there’s so much tension around it from the (start), really before the film’s even come out or been reviewed.”
Diane Kruger, whose alien character systematically hunts humans, said she “hadn’t quite realized” how devoted Meyer’s fans were. “Of course, I knew Twilight was big and all that, but we did a poster signing a couple of days ago here in Los Angeles and thousands of people showed up,” she said on the red carpet. “I finally realized that this might be a different ball of wax. I got asked out on a date! I got gifts. It was kind of neat.”
Meyer specifically asked for Niccol to direct the film (the author says she felt included on “every major decision” with The Host, a change from the Twilight films). On the red carpet, Niccol said he “naively tried to forget about the expectations” associated with the author’s work. “Because if I did start to think about it I probably wouldn’t do it, because there are so many fans who love the book.”
Meanwhile, Irons could give Robert Pattinson a run for his money in the heartthrob department. The 27-year-old actor (who is the son of Jeremy Irons) initially thought he didn’t “stand a chance” at nabbing the role of Jared. Now fully aboard the Meyer project, “I think Stephenie would admit that this is a change in direction for her,” he said. “It exists by itself.”
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