This clip features the amazing William Hurt as Uncle Jeb and Saoirse Ronan as Wanda.
As many of you may know, Laura also writes for Hypable.com. She had the opportunity to interview Stephenie yesterday and ask her about cast members in The Host aside from the three leads: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Able. Specially she asked about pivotal fan favorite characters from The Host Uncle Jeb and Jamie and working with the actors who portray them.
Hypable: Recently you have had the opportunity to work with some very young actors who play key roles in your story lines. Mackenzie Foy played Renesmee in ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2? and Chandler Canterbury plays Jamie in ‘The Host.’ Both are really pivotal roles. What was it like working with these young actors?
He’s fantastic. We’ve been so lucky, because – they always say never work with children or animals. But we keep doing that. Both of those two young actors – who’ve actually worked together before – we ended up getting these little adults who are very serious about their craft and completely understand what they’re doing. It’s not a situation with stage parents, these are kids who love acting and really enjoy it. And Chandler, he’s adorable but he’s also very very gifted. You just buy him and his feelings. They’re there.
There’s a scene with him and Wanda and the relationship between them feels so real. I remember Andrew [director Andrew Niccol] was just amazed because he was crying in the scene, and he said, “It’s like that kid can actually control his teardrops and make them stop on his cheek at the perfect spot.” He’s just extremely talented and it’s wonderful to have him in this post-apocalyptic world where everything is very serious. Having a child puts everything in perspective. For me, as a mom, it makes you take their situation so much more seriously when you see a child, and a child suffering in this world that they live in now. So I’m really grateful we found someone as good as him and he wanted to do it, because he’s amazing to have.
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The Host Official Twitter List
As of April 10, 2012
The Host Film @thehostfilm
Saoirse Ronan … Melanie Stryder @saoirse_ronan
Diane Kruger … The Seeker
Jake Abel … Ian O’Shea @MrJakeAbel
Max Irons … Jared Howe
Frances Fisher … Maggie Stryder @Frances_Fisher
William Hurt … Jeb Stryder
Chandler Canterbury … Jamie Stryder @chancanterbury
Boyd Holbrook … Kyle O’Shea
Stephen Rider … Seeker Reed @riderstephen
Scott Lawrence…Doc (not listed on IMDB but confirmed by Frances Fisher)
????….has been cast but not being released
Producer: Nick Weschler @nwprods
Writer: Stephenie Meyer
Writer/Director: Andrew Niccol
The Host begins filming this coming Monday the thirteenth, and I am so excited. It’s somewhat of a dream to have the creator and director of my favorite sci-fi film (Gattaca) helming this movie. I love the script he’s written, I love his beautiful vision, and I love working with him.
I also can’t say strongly enough how thrilled I am with our cast. The talent involved is unbelievable. We’ve been so blessed/lucky/kissed-by-fate all throughout the casting process. Wanda/Melanie is a very complicated role, and for a long time one of our biggest worries in the producer camp was finding an actress who could bring those two distinct personalities to life. And then Saoirse came along and we all quit worrying. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching her act, I highly recommend her recent release, Hanna. Actually, watch her in anything she’s done and you’ll see what I mean. After Saoirse joined us, amazing actor after amazing actor signed on until none of us could believe our good fortune. Just the other day I got to meet William Hurt (!!) in full Jeb beard and hair, and it kind of choked me up. He looks amazing—they all look amazing!—and I can’t wait to see them in action next week.
Another incredible addition to our cast—one which I believe I’m the first to announce—Maggie will be played by the wonderful Frances Fisher. Welcome, Frances, I couldn’t be happier that you’ve chosen to join us!
Frances Fisher is probably best remembered as playing Kate Winslet’s mother in Titanic.
Check out more info on The Host Movie Page
EW is reporting that William Hurt is in talks to play Jeb in the upcoming film adaptation of The Host. Jeb is Melanie’s eccentric uncle who has such quotable lines as “My house, my rules.” Hurt is known for his work in such films as Tuck Everlasting, Children of a Lesser God, and Kiss of the Spider Woman for which he won an Academy Award. Hurt would join Jake Able, Max Irons, and Saoirse Ronan in the film which is set to be released March 29, 2013.
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