Max Irons and Jake Abel join The Host

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Max Irons will be joining Percy Jackson ’s Jake Abel in T he Host – not a remake of the South Korean monster movie (although that is being developed) – but the first adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s non- Twilight work.

Irons, 26-year-old star of Red Riding Hood and son of actor Jeremy, and Abel will take the lead male roles in the sci-fi that will see them star opposite Saoirse Ronan ( Hanna ) before she is captured by a species called 'souls', after rebelling against their takeover of Earth.

Andew Niccol ( In Time ) is locked in to direct.

Its 2013 release will coincide with a Twilight -shaped absence, with the final film Breaking Dawn - Part 2 premiering next November.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 arrives in cinemas on 18 November.