EW Visits the Set of “The Host”

This is our first account from the set of The Host.  EW (Entertainment Weekly) got a chance to visit the set while The Host was filming in New Mexico.  The account is short and no pictures, but there will be more posts about the visit soon, including interviews.  Here are a couple of quick, important excerpts from the post:

“Fans of Stephenie Meyer’s 600-plus-page novel have likely already gathered from the description above that film interpretation of The Seeker is almost the exact opposite of how she’s described in the book. Instead of small, dark-haired, and clad mostly in black, the very blonde Kruger stands regally on some serious wedge heels, dressed in a futuristic cream-colored pant suit. It’s a change designed by writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattica, In Time) to reflect the “purity” of the egalitarian Souls, and Meyer told me on the set that she happily embraced it. Gattica is her favorite sci-fi film of all time.”

” . . .  I can tell you how Ronan is differentiating the alien Wanderer from the internal voice of Melanie in the film. It’s actually quite simple: The Wanderer speaks with a generic American accent, whereas Melanie’s voice is inflected with a Louisiana twang, another Meyer-approved tweak from the book.”

So now we have why Diane Kruger looks different from The Seeker in the book, and how Saoirse Ronan will be Melanie and Wanderer at the same time.  I like the different voices idea.  They could have gone with a Gollum (Lord of the Rings) take on it, but I like this better.

These are a couple of huge reveals and explanations for us to digest.  Pretty exciting!

You can read the whole post about the visit on EW.

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  • Jennifer

    I really dig the voice device they’re using for Melanie/Wanderer. And i definitely think we have the actress to make that work really really well.

  • Guest

    As Michael Scott would say ” Mr. Andrew Niccol, may we have an Awesome Blossom, please, extra awesome?” That’s how I feel about this EW article.

  • Hiddenx264

    So does that mean there will be no internal dialogue on screen? Just spoken dialogues?

    • thats what i was thinking…..is Mel gonna appear like an ‘apparition’ next to Wanda or are we just gonna hear her voice? that would be quite confusing, even considering the different accents.

    • Nicole

      It could be a mix of inner dialogue and moments when Wanda appears to be talking to herself.  The second is used all the time on TV and in movies when a character has multiple personality disorder, and to discern one personality from another usually an accent or other vocal device is used. If they are using inner dialogue, the accent change is an alternative to having another actress portraying Wanda’s voice.

  • In this interview with Ellen you can watch S. Ronan practicing a Southern accent @ 3:00  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggx0qSjnbME

    • Nicole

      That’s a decent general Southern accent (reminds me of Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee area), but definitely not a Louisiana twang. Hopefully she worked on putting some Cajun/French influence into it.

  • Susan Payne

    Gonna be a really good movie!!  Can hardly wait.

  • Guest

    Something as simple as changing Jake Abel’s hair color would have please a LOT of fans instead of upsetting them, and it’ wasn’t impossible to do. I wonder if Saoirse Ronan is only brunette because of her previous movie? It’s one thing to lower the ages in favor of better actors, but hair color can be easily changed. This movie is not trying to please the fans of the book, and they shouldn’t be surprised if the fans of the books simply choose not to support it on opening weekend. 

    • josephjoe

      Type your comment here.
      I’ve haven’t read The Host but if something as superficial as one of the characters having a different hair colour from that in the novel causes fans of the book to be so upset that they’ll boycott the film, then the question I’d like to ask them is; what did they do with the unused crayons after they finished the book?

      • Ta2000j

        here here.  Hair color should not make you boycot a movie.  get a life.

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