With less than two months to the release of The Host, a new featurette starring one of the film’s key characters Diane Kruger as The Seeker has been released.
In a story adapted from Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer’s novel of the same, The Host tells the story of an alien race of ‘souls’ who have taken over the Earth by overshadowing the human race and residing in their ‘hosts’ bodies. In the minds of the aliens the process and purpose is a benevolent one. But some humans struggle.
Those that do come to attention of Kruger, who plays The Seeker. It is her job to seek out what’s left of the human resistance and make sure they surrender.
Playing somewhat against type (Troy, National Treasure), from the look of the the brief clip, Kruger brings icy power to her Seeker role. Described by Meyer in a cut-away moment as “pleasantly terrifying,” there’s no way to better that.
Also featured in the clip is Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Byzantium, Atonement), who plays Melanie Stryder — a human host to a ‘soul’ called Wanderer.
However, Melanie refuses to go quietly and resists the alien presence in her mind and body. Enter The Seeker, who attempts to help the Wanderer exert total dominance over Melanie.
A snapshot of fairly impressive looking action sequences against a background of a chrome-y, sanitized Earth, and luminescent alien eyes, serves to accent the story’s sci-fi tropes.
With a script adapted and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, S1m0ne0 and Truman Show writer), hopes are high that the acting and production values of The Host will be stronger than Meyer’s last movie adaptation — The Twilight Saga.
In addition to Saoirse Ronan and Diane Kruger,The Host stars Frances Fisher, Jake Abel, Max Irons, and William Hurt.
The film hits theaters on March 29. Check out The Seeker featurette below.