Cast This: Melanie Stryder, Your Picks

Here are your suggestions for who should play Melanie Stryder in The Host.  I personally love your choices of Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jaimie Alexander.  I think they would both look great as Melanie.

Amanda Peet

Q’orianka Kilcher

Troian Avery Bellisario

Jaimie Alexander

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Sophia Bush

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  • Sarahcpascoe

    Q’orianka Kilcher is too native indian looking,
    Troian Avery Bellisario looks too young, like too too young(s’pose to have survived living in caves and what not, its gona age you!)
    Sophia Bush, theres just something in my head that screams no! i just dont think she could do wanda, she could do mel but that doesnt help!! i only have her acting from one tree hill to go on tho.
    the rest have the look, not very famous, so that all fits. iv just never seen any of them act.

  • Xbroken_X3_heartedx

    i like winstead

  • Kat

    I remember a year or so back looking at the characters on myspace for the host. i especially like the character chosen for Mel, even as just a hint so people now what she is supposed to look like. I don’t know her name, and the profile id private, but check it out.
    she’s gorgeous, tan, and looks fierce, even with glasses.

  • Kat

    From the options though, i love Sofia Bush.
    She’s gorgeous, and if you have seen her in One Tree Hill,
    she can easily act out two different people.
    In that show, she went through so many different mood phases,
    so she is well prepared

  • Gwargedd

    Sopia Bush

  • Wbaker1595

    I don’t mind Troian Avery Bellisario. 🙂

    Sofia Bush is amazing, but she’s too old! Melanie is supposed to be like 21. Sofia is in her 30’s I believe.

    I think Nina Dobrev should get the part. Her personality is sooo Mel!!! 😀

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  • KristenGrad2009

    i totally agree with you

  • Kaylana

    I think Jaimie Alexander looks the most like Mel but Sophia Bush looks like her too. Mary Elizabeth Winstead just doesn’t have the right face to suit her.
    This person made some good casting. It’s an absolute amazing poster, too. I couldn’t tell if it was for the real movie or not. It’s not for the real thing but it’s still a good poster.

  • Kuncuyug

    Please add Odette Yustman, too.

  • Angelofmusic2691

    Definitely agree with Sophia Bush. She is a better actor then people are giving her credit for. People only see her as the girl on One Tree Hill, but if you see Hitcher or Stay Alive it shows how well she can play a completely different character. And people using the “too old” comment umm have you seen glee they have 28 yr olds playing sophmores in high school so i think that sophia can play a 20 year old just fine seeing she is also 28.



  • Luvly_bones1230

    Troian Avery Bellisario i think would pull it off nicely! Also Sophia Bush. Both would play Mel amazingly!

  • Athina

    Sophia Bush FOR SURE!!!! With the right make-up, she definitely can be 18!!!! Moreover, she has the right face for the role! 😀

  • ManiaK

    Sophia Bush

  • Bluemissgreen

    All are awsome except Sophia Bush,Jaimie Alexander& Amanda Peet. Hitcher or stay alive she still played a pretty lil’ girl who did’nt know which way was left. Sophia bush really people she is not even close read the book again. Sorry if I sound kida mean.

  • Bree

    olivia wilde should definitely be considered

  • Kristina

    piper perabo. In my mind she is very close yo what Melanie looks like.

  • Liz

    Just about all of these actresses are too old to pull off playing mel! (even with the right make up) Kristen Kruek or Nina Dobrev look most like Melanie, but sophia bush? give me a break.. she’ll be 31 by the time they actually start shooting the film, and Melanie in the book is portrayed between the ages of about 15 and 20.

  • Jadedrgn

    Tom Welling is my vote for Ian, but Ian Somerhalder would be a great Kyle

  • Jadedrgn

    What about the girl that plays Rosalie in Twilight series? She has the right look and is around the right age.

  • Pamzy180

    sophia 4sure!

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  • silv

    definitely SOPHIA BUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xD

  • ian’as’ian’o’shea

    i always imagined melanie to be pale with dark hair, i reckon quite a pale actress with darkish hair, since someone earlier said nina dobrev, i’ve been thinking melanie, then straight away io picture in my head nina dobrev, and it works

  • Beatifulone6

    of these pics I really like Troian. She’s skinny and pale and she can fit the plain yet beautiful look of mel!! She looks like she could really play the part of a girl on the run. 🙂

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  • Sweetfairy1987

    I think Nina Dovreb should play the role of Melanie… she looks exactly like Mel and I think she would do a great work playing the role of Melanie.

  • Danceintheclouds

    While I was reading the book, and even after while invisioning how the characters would be protrayed in the film, I always saw Summer Glau protraying Melanie. Her acting in both Serenity/Firefly and Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles is something I would envision what the actress playing Melanie and Wanda would have to go through. An out of body, not quite sure whats going on, surreal experience. And with her other roles shows she can play the “normal” human. Not to mention looks like she could be an athlete and have stamina, with her background in the ballet, which something Melanie kept commenting to Wanda throughout that she was capable of, not to mention being on the run that long from the souls.

  • Alexbtos

    I think Mila Kunis would be a perfect Melanie because she has the perfect features and she is a talented actress.

  • Rhonbagisip

    yeah, mila kunis too!

  • TheHostRules!!

    I think that Jaimie Alexander would be a great melenia Stryder because she has the eyes and she looks like a strony women, but yet gentle and caring.

  • TheHostRules!!

    I think Jaimie Alexander would be a great Melanie Stryder because of her eyes and she looks like a strong women, but yet gentle and caring.

  • Jessie

    I pictured Blake Lively in my head as I read the book. She’s got an athletic build and is pretty, just as the book describes.

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  • Sammielilly

    Jaimie Alexander i want her to be mealine for sure she just has the look

  • Rachel

    Sophia Bush is a phenomenal actress. I would so go see this movie if she was Melanie.

  • Brooke

    Sophia Bush DEFINITELY 😀 And she’s not  to old wtf? Have you seen Glee or 90210? They have 32 year olds playing 18 year olds and Sophia looks young anyways. 

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