- Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Marcus Lyle Brown, Boyd Holbrook, Chandler Canterbury, Bokeem Woodbine, Andrea Frankle, Scott Lawrence, Alexandria Morrow, Raeden Greer, J.D. Evermore , Shawn Carter Peterson, David House, Michael L. Parker, Tatanka Means, John L. Armijo, Lee Hardee, Phil Austin, Mustafa Harris, Sherina Mikasa Manning, Stephen Rider, Tailinh Agoyo, Gustavo I. Ortiz, Evan Cleaver, Robert Douthat, Derek Viveiros, Stephen Conroy, Daniel Lee Harris, Erik Beacham, Alexander Roessner
- Director: Andrew Niccol
- Writers: Andrew Niccol, Stephenie Meyer
- Producers: Stephenie Meyer, Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler
- Co Producers: Jamie Audia, Lizzy Bradford, Roger Schwartz
- Executive Producers: Ray Angelic, Claudia Bluemhuber, Marc Butan, Uwe Feuersenger, Bill Johnson, John Brooks Klingenbeck, Jim Seibel
- Art Direction: Beat Frutiger
- Casting: Mindy Marin
- Costume Design: Erin Benach
- D.O.P.: Roberto Schaefer
- Editor: Thomas J. Nordberg
- Makeup: Ve Neill
- Music: Antonio Pinto
- Production Design: Andy Nicholson
- Set Decoration: Cynthia La Jeunesse
Based on the best-selling novel by "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer. A species of aliens has taken over the Earth -- and the humans' minds! But some humans refuse to give up their minds. While Wanderer, the invading 'soul' in Melanie Stryder's body is overwhelmed with human minds and emotions, Melanie mourns for the lover she left behind, Jared. Eventually, Wanderer begins to feel for Jared as well, and they seek him out.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA; New Mexico, USA
- MPAA Warning: Some sensuality and violence
- Production Budget: $44 million
- Production Companies: Chockstone Pictures, Inferno Entertainment, Nick Wechsler Productions, Silver Reel
- Production Schedule: 13 February 2012 - 28 April 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "While the "Twilight" books were a cultural phenomenon, even its devoted fan base had a decidedly lukewarm reaction to author Stephenie Meyer's first post-Bella Swan work "The Host." A young adult romantic riff on the old "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" premise, the story has parasitic aliens called "Souls" possessing the minds of humans and taking control of the planet.
One young woman named Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) has been inhabited by a Soul called 'Wanderer,' but she refuses to fade away. Wanderer soon starts to see Melanie's memories and eventually finds a connection with her. The pair decide to set off together and find Melanie's loved ones. Throw in two young hunks (Jake Abel, Max Irons) competing for her affections and you've got a formula that feels familiar.
Shot in Louisiana and New Mexico early in 2012, "Gattaca" and "In Time" director Andrew Niccol helms the film which no one expects to do "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games"-level grosses. Still, if the cost-effective $44 million project gets even a fraction of the business, it'll still be a highly profitable venture for Open Road Films.
Meyer herself stumbled in the promotion of the movie, using the "Breaking Dawn Part II" Comic Con panel to release a five-minute reel of out-of-context scenes from the film. The clip made little to no sense and was met with confusion from the audience, and derision in subsequent blog and social media postings. The film's trailers have scored a better reaction, but still seem to be struggling to convey the film's premise."