Jake Abel & Max Irons Join Saoirse Ronan for Andrew Niccol November 11, 2011 Ronan has her leading men. Deadline and Entertainment Weekly report that actors Jake Abel (‘Supernatural,’ ‘Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief;) and Max Irons (‘Red Riding Hood’) have landed the male leads in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi novel ‘The Host.’ The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, a young woman whose dying body is invaded by an alien force known as Wanderer. Abel has been cast in the role of Ian, a young man who falls in love with Wanderer despite the fact that she is in the body of Melanie. Irons, son of Oscar-winning Jeremy Irons, will play Jared, who is in love with Melanie. ‘The Host’ is set to begin shooting in February in Louisiana before moving on to New Mexico.