Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Fresh Interstellar Trailer Touches Down
Plus a new featurette about the movie's science...
First Images Of Bradley Cooper In American Sniper
Clint Eastwood's latest
First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Richard III In The Hollow Crown
And Sherlock's Andrew Scott will be King Louis in Henry VI Part 2
Ben Affleck Finds The Accountant
He's in negotiations for an action thriller
New Promo For The Theory Of Everything
Stephen Hawking: The early years
Jacob Lofland Heads For Maze Runner Sequel
He'll be Aris Jones
Latest Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Arrives
Christian Bale is the chosen one
The Angry Birds Movie Reveals Its Voice Cast
Sudeikis! McBride! Hader! Rudolph! Dinklage! Birds!
Zombieland 2 Gets A New Writer
Ruben Fleischer back on board as director
Miles Teller Talks Fantastic Four
'The tone of this film is completely different from the last one'
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
19 September 2014
Podcast #129: Liam Neeson, The Riot Club Stars
Take them on, on your own
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Riot Club (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Empire Star Rating
A New York Winter’s Tale
Empire Star Rating
How I Live Now (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Byzantium (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Comic-Con: The Host Previewed
Stephenie Meyer launches her next pic

13 July 2012  |  Written by James White  

submit to reddit

Comic-Con: The Host Previewed

While the screaming, capacity crowd in Comic-Con's Hall H lapped up the chance to see Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and the rest of Team Twilight appear for the Breaking Dawn Part 2 panel, novelist Stephenie Meyer asked everyone to wait once the assembled vampires and werewolves left the stage. Because she’d brought a surprise: footage from The Host.

With director Andrew Niccol at the podium to kick off the look at the latest cine-baby birthed from a bestseller, we were treated to a batch of scenes from different parts of the movie.

The Host finds Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, a young woman living in a world where bodysnatching aliens have effectively taken over most of the human race by replacing their consciousness. Melanie and her brother have been on the run for two years, but she’s finally been captured, and implanted with her alien invader. After a brief flash of Ronan running and jumping out of a window, the footage proper starts with her opening her eyes on a space-age medical table. “Call me… Wanderer…” And we’re off.

With her superiors hoping Wanderer will ransack Melanie’s memories for the location of one of the rebel strongholds, the alien realises that might not be quite as easy as it first thought. Melanie’s a lot mentally stronger than most people…

We saw a mixture of flashbacks to Melanie’s life on the run and her time post-merging, when she’s brought back to the revel base buried deep in the desert that is run by William Hurt’s Jeb Stryder. There’s the hint of the tension between Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel and some action footage to finish, in which the resistance has to try to evade the aliens, featuring a scruffy truck facing off against shiny cars, motorbikes and a helicopter.

What we saw was still rough with a temp score, but looked visually polished even though Niccol only recently finished shooting.

We’ll all get to see The Host when it’s out on March 29, 2013. Expect, we suspect, a trailer soon.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Bloody New Dredd Clip Crashes In
Try your first hit of Slo-Mo for free
Hugh Laurie May Be Robocop's Villain
UPDATE: He's no longer in talks

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Hateful Eight - The Story So Far
We delve into the short but tangled history of Quentin Tarantino’s latest

Gallery: Unseen Star Wars Poster Concept Artwork
JW Rinzler takes us through a history of the franchise in jaw-dropping art

The Future Of Film: Lasers Will Save 3D (If Your Cinema Is Big Enough)
Big will be beautiful in the brave new world of frickin' laser beam projection

The Bond Girls Who Made It Big
The actresses who overcame the curse of 007 to forge successful careers

The Future Of Film: A Woman Will Direct Star Wars
No longer a men’s club, Hollywood is going to start opening its doors...

The Empire Podcast #130: Interviews With Rosamund Pike, Lee Child And Antoine Fuqua
The Gone Girl star, Jack Reacher author and The Equalizer director pop in for a chat

The 50 Greatest Voice Performances In Movies
Who has the most talented tonsils in town?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)