While The Twilight Saga will wrap up this year with the second part of Breaking Dawn hitting theaters this November, Stephenie Meyer fans will get to see the writer’s non-vampire book The Host make its way onto the big screen next year. One of those fans may also get to see their face in a teaser trailer for the film.

(Vague spoiler warning here regarding the plot of the book)

The Host follows a young woman living in a world that’s been invaded by aliens who have inhabited the planet by taking over the minds and bodies of people. The story is told through the mind of Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), a human attempting to maintain control over her mind, and Wanderer, the ‘soul” who has set up shop there.

While there are romantic elements in the book, the story probably leans a bit more toward young-adult sci-fi than it does romance, at least by comparison to Twilight. It touches on some fairly interesting elements in exploring humanity from an outside perspective, as well as a shared-mind/body perspective. Melanie and Wanderer aren’t exactly Mr. Grey and Jonesy (Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher) in terms of the depth and darkness of the story but Meyer does get creative in shaping a young adult story around a post-alien-apocalyptic world. Unlike Twilight, in which the story is mainly focused on Edward and Bella’s romance, The Host is driven by love, but is ultimately about survival. It should be interesting to see how writer/director Andrew Niccol brings the story to life.

In the meantime, in what’s likely to be an effort to rally fans, the Facebook page for The Host has a contest set up offering fans the opportunity to submit their picture for a chance to be featured in the teaser trailer for the film. The page is very specific on what they’re looking for from the photo, so be sure to read the rules before you submit your photo. The photo requirements are included right on the entry page, and you can read the more official rules here.

The Host is set for a March 29, 2013 release date. In addition to Ronan, the cast includes Jake Abel, Max Irons, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Chandler Canterbury, and Boyd Holbrook. More information on The Host can be found in our Blend Film Database.

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