Sleek Lotus Evoras Co-Star in “The Host”
The movie adaptation of “The Host” written by Stephanie Meyer, author of "The Twilight Saga” was released to theatres in March 2013, and is on video now. I watched my fair share of movies on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend, including this one.
The movie follows the plight of ‘Melanie’ played by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as she battles an unforeseen enemy lead by ‘Seeker’ played by Hollywood favorite Diane Kruger. A romantic action-adventure which sees Melanie join resistance fighters as they battle for the survival of the human race, 'The Host' is a tale of spirit, individuality, and determination.
As much as I might have enjoyed the movie, I was delighted with the automotive co-stars cast in the film, including Volkswagen Beetles, Smart fortwos, and an entire fleet of shiny Lotus Evoras. Treated in a chrome vinyl wrap and fitted with special-effect lighting, the sleek Evoras are driven by the ‘baddies’ of the movie, the “Seekers” who are searching for humans who resist hosting alien “souls.”
Negotiations for a “hero car for ‘Lead Seeker’ " started in early October 2011 and by the end of the month Lotus had agreed to provide a number of Evoras to the project directed by its screenwriter Andrew Niccol who was looking for an extraordinary car for the role. The Lotus Evora was chosen for its stunning and futuristic aesthetic, which when juxtaposed with contemporary locations, gives a truly alien element to the Sci-Fi movie.
Lotus has a strong cinematic history; with appearances in two ‘Bond’ films -- in "The Spy Who Loved Me" out-racing a motorbike and helicopter before taking to the sea as the iconic submersible Esprit, and in a cool role in "For Your Eyes Only"; “cornering like it's on rails” with Julia Roberts at the wheel in "Pretty Woman"; and taking part in an adrenaline fuelled chase sequence along the San Francisco coastline with Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct."