The Host PosterThe Twilight Saga officially comes to an end this month, and with its conclusion, eyes will next be turning to The Host, which sees Andrew Niccol adapting another of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novels for the big screen.

Saoirse Ronan stars as the young female lead, and after catching the new poster for the film last night, the first full-length trailer has debuted online, giving us a much better look than the first teaser that surfaced back in the spring.

“Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading ‘soul’ who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.”

Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) stars in the lead, with Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Jake Abel (Percy Jackson) completing the leading trio, alongside Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), William Hurt (A History of Violence), and Chandler Canterbury (Repo Men).

Niccol is directing from his own script, coming off the back of last year’s blockbuster success, In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

Meyer has already spoken of potentially expanding the novel into the first of a trilogy, and given the success of her first franchise, there’s every reason to expect we might be getting more from this world in the years to come.

The Host will be released on 29th March, 2013 in the UK and US, and smart money says that it’s going to be a very big hit in the New Year, quite possibly launching the start of a new franchise for all concerned.

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