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The Cross

Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions are teaming up to produce a feature film based on the hugely popular Stephenie Meyer's novel "The Host". Andrew Niccol will direct. Niccol recently produced, wrote (screenplay), and directed the highly anticipated Sci-Fi film "The Cross" starring Orlando Bloom. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for "The Truman Show".

The Host was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, and remained on the list for 26 weeks, and also spent over 36 weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. This film is expected to be the first of three in a trilogy. The sequels will be titled "The Soul" and "The Seeker".

Main Roles To Be Cast:

Melanie "Mel" Stryder: Female, early 20's. Attractive, tall and athletic, naturally tan skin, long dark brown hair, and hazel eyes.

Wanderer/Wanda: Female V/O. Invading soul that inhabits Melanie Stryder's body.

Jamie Stryder: Male, 14-16. shaggy black curly hait, chocolate brown eyes. Melanie's younger brother.

Uncle Jeb: Male, mid 40's. Wild beard, eyes the colour of faded blue jeans. Melanie's fiesty eccentric uncle.

Jared Howe: Male, 20's. Handsome, physically fit, tan skin, sienna-colored eyes, and sun-bleached hair. Melanie's lover.

Ian O'Shea: Male 20's. Handsome, pale skin, dark hair, and striking blue eyes.

Kyle O'Shea: Male 20's. Handsome, pale skin, dark hair, and striking blue eyes. Ian's brother, with nearly identical looks.

Please submit by mail only. No phone calls or personal drop-offs

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Principal Actor Casting:

Francine Maisler Casting
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Sidney Poitier Bldg.
Stuite 3200
Culver City, CA 90232

Background Actor Casting:

Central Casting
220 S. Flower St.
Burbank, CA 91502
Do not send photos and resumes to Central. You MUST register in person.
Registration Info: 818.562.2755

Production Company:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Chockstone Pictures
30 Folly Point
Gloucester, MA 01930

in association with

Nick Wechsler Productions
1437 7th Street
Stuite 250
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Producers: Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz

Director/Writer(screenplay): Andrew Niccol


To Be Cast


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take 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.