'The Host' First Look: Max Irons Restrains Saoirse Ronan

The HostVampires are so 2012. With the March 29, 2013, theatrical release of "The Host," Stephenie Meyer's empire will officially turn its attention from bloodsuckers to body snatchers. And People magazine has your first look at the highly anticipated project.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, "The Host" takes place in a near future where alien souls have invaded Earth and taken over human bodies as their own. One steely Earthling named Melanie won't go peacefully, however, engaging in a struggle of wills with extra-terrestrial Wanderer. Sharing one body, the two reach an uneasy alliance and set out to find Melanie's missing family and friends.

Max plays Melanie's human love Jared, and we can only guess as to why he's holding a knife to her throat in this image. We're assuming— given the setting is a home rather than an underground cave—that this still depicts the pair's first meeting while stealing supplies (and not their unhappy reunion after Wanderer has taken control). Perhaps the film's first trailer (which debuts today at 5:30 p.m. ET) will shed a bit more light on this taut moment.

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