Alex Pettyfer Addresses the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Rumors

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A few days ago, Vulture reported that an offer went out to 20-year-old British actor Alex Pettyfer, star of the upcoming I Am Number Four and Beastly, for the role of Jace Wayland, the male lead in the film adaptation of the Mortal Instruments book series. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper apparently even said that he feels so strongly about the actor that he only wants to greenlight the film, if he signs on.

At this weekend’s press day for I Am Number Four, we got the opportunity to ask the actor (who was paired with director D.J. Caruso for the interview) if he is, indeed, interested in signing on for the fantasy film, based on the best-selling novel City of Bones (the first book in the series) by author Cassandra Clare. For what he had to say, hit the jump:

Here’s what we asked him during a roundtable interview:

Question: It was just reported the other day that Clint Culpepper at Screen Gems said that he doesn’t want to go ahead with the Mortal Instruments film, unless you sign on for the male lead. Is that something you’re interested in doing? Are you close to signing on for that?

Alex Pettyfer: He said he won’t do it [without me]? When did he say that?

Question: It came out a couple days ago that he doesn’t want to do the film without you as Jace.

D.J. Caruso: Does your agent know that? That’s a really good thing.

Pettyfer: I’m a big fan of the books, and I’m just trying to figure out what I’m doing next.

Author Cassandra Clare also took to her blog on Friday, to confirm that the actor has been circling the project for a little bit. Here’s what she had to say:

“Hey guys, I know a lot of you have been waiting for updates . . . I wanted to wait till I could have an official chat with the studio folks before I said anything, so my small contribution is: I know Alex has met with the director, Scott Stewart, several times; I know he screened Scott’s movie, Priest, and loved it; I know he read the books over the holidays and really liked them and liked Jace, and his agents are representing him in negotiating making a deal for the role of Jace. At this point it’s all about the deal, which really doesn’t have anything to do with me, so I stand back and wait for news like the rest of you.

mortal_instruments_city_of_bones_book_coverWith director Scott Stewart at the helm from a script by Jessica Postigo, and with Lily Collins already signed on for the lead female role, Screen Gems offers this synopsis of the first film of the series:

“In City of Bones, set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager Clary Fray (Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. When Clary’s mother disappears, she must join a daring group of young Shadowhunters on an adventure, which leads her through a city filled with mischievous fairies, eccentric warlocks, werewolf gangs and other strange creatures.”

The character of Jace (who Pettyfer would play)  is one such Shadowhunter, who is heavily tattooed with strange symbols all over his body.  More as we hear it.

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  • 120060

    Such bad source material and an awful director, i don’t have any high hopes at all for this movie. But if it does get made, I hope the author can finally address the fact that she’s a plagiarist and a fanfiction author of crappy Harry Potter erotica.

    • m.p.

      This is exciting news for the fans. Alex has been seen as Jace by the vast majority of the readers of this series from nearly the beginning. I’m hoping he signs on the dotted line.

      ps-120060 you are a killjoy and a negative person. What a shame that would you choose to try and spoil this for others for no good reason.

      • Ashley

        I agree with you! I love and adore the nooks, they are phenomenal! I’m very much looking forward to the movie. I think Alex would be s great Jace! :)

        120060- please save us all from your rude comments! Such a killjoy!

    • TNP

      Your comment does not make sense. I don’t know what this article has to do with Harry Potter and plagiarism. *sighs* If you don’t like it don’t read it and just leave it alone instead of being a hater.

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      • Hanha

        What the hell HArry potter got to do with City of Bones? I’ve read both series and watch the movies I don’t think you have. If harry potter is similar to City of Bones. I’m sure Black Swan is similar to Jersey shore.

    • ???

      where do you see anyyyy harry potter relation in this???? and plagerism of what??? have you even read the books? are are you just basing this on your prejudice? fanfiction?
      and if the source materiel is really that bad why is it a best seller? why would you even bother to comment on this, article if you think the stories so bad? what point is there?

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  • me

    A plagiarist?
    Jeezz sounds like someone may be a little jealous. Why waste your time commenting on something you dislike when no one really gives a shi* what you have to say?!
    Spend your time doing something more productive and save us all from you. Thanks!

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  • Lily

    Wow. Rude much
    We could say the same about you.
    And Alex should really agree to playing Jace :)

  • Ash

    Doesnt this shadow hunter business and the whole concept of the story a little similar to the Gabriel Knight computer games/books?

  • if it ain’t a carbon copy, it ain’t plagiarism. Did anyone cry foul when parts of New Moon was copied off Romeo and Juliet?

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  • thomasd5

    Hopefully we get the news that Alex Pettyfer signed for “City of Bones” soon ! I don’t want to wait any more !

  • Ros

    I’m soooo excited to hear the good news!!!! I really hope they close the deal. I always pictured Alex Pettyfer as Jace Wayland. He couldn’t be more perfect!
    Hope they make the movie as excited as the Books, if that’s the case it sure will be a success ;)

  • addicted…

    yes please ! Loving the books and would love it even more if it came to life LOL. Alex Pettyfer is perfect :D

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  • poop

    S/he’s talking about the whole plagiarism fiasco on fanfiction where Clare was accused of plagiarism because she didn’t correctly credit her HP fiction. So it is slightly related.
    It’s still an unnecessary comment tho…

    … haters gonna hate

  • Truthseeker

    Ahh, fankids.'s_Plagiarism

    You know, all you have to do is Google.

  • Madison

    120060 WHAT THE HECK IS YOUR PROBLEM!!!!!! U CAN GO FALL IN A HOLE!!!!!!how cAn u say that about this up comin movie!!!! It’s goin to be awesome!!!!! ( Only if Alex pettyfer plays jace) but yea. You have NOOOO idea how his movie will turn out!

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  • Cassyy

    i am sooo excited to see the movie, only if alex plays jace, i am a big fan of the books!! i think alex is best for the role plus hes HOT!! i think he wuld play a good jace, but im still tryin to find out if he has actually signed on to the movie yet… does anyone no for shore???

  • Ashley

    Alex HAS to play Jace! At first I was wondering who, but majority of the fans already voted for Alex as Jace. And every time I read the books, when Jace is mentioned, Alex immediately pops into my head. So…Alex, JUST PLEASE TAKE THE ROLE!

  • magi

    Alex have to play Jace. he is the ONLY person i could picture as Jace. I LOVE the books and I would really cry if Alex didn’t want to play Jace :(

    Jace’s character is soooooo important and if they end up picking some random guy that just not Jace, the entire movie will be in vain! I hope producers and Alex realize that!

  • Morgan

    Truthseeker and 120060- I applaud you. Your obvious bitchiness does not hide the fact that you are both secret fantasy fiction lovers. Was Cassandra Claire’s fanfiction citations a little more than vapid? Hell yes. But don’t sit on your high horse and act like she stole all her Mortal Instruments material from Harry Potter. Please, for all of our sakes, get a life. There is no reason you should have even been reading this article if you weren’t a reader of this series yourself.

    Back to the real subject at hand. I think Alex is perfect for the role of Jace. Even if this movie turns out to be a dud, i am still going to love it. The books are amazing.

  • fay

    I think Alex Pettyfer lookes perfect for Jace but in acting ability, I am not so sure. I mean he has to be able to pull off that air of self confidence while still being quite vulnerable and I am not sure pettyfers acting ability is to tht standerd even if his looks are

  • Móni

    I love the books. I used to be an Alex Pettyfer fan. But. I DON’T want him to be Jace Wayland. Actually, I loathe the ide. He is NOT a good actor, he is NOT THAT hansome, there is NOTHING angelic about his face, his eyes. He’s just simply HANDSOME, that’s all. And now famous of course. I want someone who is good-looking, has a kind of boyish, angelic face with softness in his eyes… He must be able to act out Jace’s vulnerability. I don’t really know who could be the perfect choice for all of these.. But for me, my Jace Wayland is Edward Speleers. Another cute British guy (: he played Eragon. Now he’s 23, and Lily Collins is 22 ;) and he’s a great person, very sweet, a real English gentleman. Plus he’s handsom as hell. Perfect (:

  • Jessika

    ALEX PETTYFER will be making the biggest mistake if he doesn’t do Mortal Instruments, If he plays Jace then the Mortal Intrument series will be BIGGER, BETTER AND SOOOOO MUCH MORE POPULAR THAN Twilight. This will make him a even BIGGER, MEGA STAR. The Director should not go ahead if Alex doesnt take the part as the ratings will be bad and alot of the Mortal Intrument fans will be very disappointed. its a dominos effect if the movie is shit cos Alex isn’t Jace then the future books will be duds, because people wont be able to imagine Alex as the Perfect Jace. If you ever read this Alex Pettyfer think of your fans and think of how big you will be staring as Jace Wayland!!!

  • morgan

    ALEX MUST PLAY JACE!!!!! he is the only person that can. And make jace awesomer (he already is but u know what I mean) and besides, he’s hot and so is jace.

  • morgan

    And anyway to the first dude… SHUT UP! have u read the books? Because they r they r awesome and u r just a stupid hater. Ha.

  • morgan

    Oh and I agree with Madison. GO FALL IN A DITCH AND STAY THERE!! NO ONE LIKES A HATER!

  • morgan

    to moni… I sew what u mean but.. his hair isn’t good. (No offense) but he’s like my 3rd choice.

  • Amber

    I just started reading City of Bones two days ago, and when they described Jace Wayland, Alex Petteyfer popped into my head, followed by Garrett Hedlund. Alex would be a great choice for Jace. I really hope he signs on, but I have heard that Jamie Campbell-Bower has been chosen. I hope that isn’t true.

  • Johnna

    I definitely agree with Moni! Edward Speleers would be a much better Jace Wayland! I have read all 4 of the Mortal Instrument books and Edward Speleers is exactly how I imagined Jace:)

  • nb

    i really think he is the only one who can play jace he is the best one for the movie and i dont think anyone else can do it Alex Pettyfer needs to do this movie when i first saw him i knew he was the perfect jace wayland

  • katherine

    alex should so do the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I’m Just Sayin’ YO!:)

    I totally think Alex Pettyfer is uber sexy and should play Jace but if that UGLY guy plays him I will DIE!!!!!!!! When she first described Jace in the first book I instantly thought of Alex! He would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good for the role! Beside alot more people will go to see him and realize they like the movie and maybe even buy all the books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jessica

    NO ! Jamie Campbell Bower is doing Jace , he can’t. He’s ugly. I want Alex to do Jace ! He’s prettier, and when I think about Jace Alex’s image just pops into my mind ! I want Alex to do Jace !

  • Galini

    I heard somewhere that Alex declined his offer of getting the role of Jace. Finally, Jamie Freakin’ Bower took it. WHAT A DISASTER! He doesn’t resemble at all Jace in my mind, plus he’s a bit, well, ugly (at least, if he fixed that hair and didn’t wear eye-liner, he could be NORMAL). I’m a total fan of the Mortal Instruments, and it would be such a shame if Alex isn’t playing. Alex, why did you have to decline the offer? WE NEED YOU!

    Let’s beg that Logan Lerman can play the role of Simon. JUST MAKE ONE CHARACTER HOT, GOD!!!!

    Also, the actress with Isabel’s role has being finally rumored. Check it out. She seems a lot like how I imagine Isabel!

  • Jenna

    You know what’s disgusting? – FAN GIRLS. They ought to blame themselves since they built this entire delusion of wanting Alex as Jace. I don’t think Alex knew anything about the role until the fan girls made enough noise online that they wanted him to play him. THEN when he declines they go hen pecking Alex and beat little Jamie up for taking the role. Whiny fans always wanting Alex to play some new hit YA guy character (Christian, Finnick) if he’s turned the ultimate youdontgetanyhotterthenthis bad boy Jace he sure as hell won’t play those other inferior roles.

  • Cassandra

    So Jamie Cambell Bower is playing Jace *thinks* okok i guess it could work but still love Alex Pettyfer. If you go to they have a list of the actors so far!!!

  • wideeyes

    Sounds like Alex dodged a bullet or a box office bomb more likely. The critics hated it. Moviegoers won’t see it. Only fans of the badly written books seem to think its the holy grail of writing. This series will be a distant memory in a few short months. A reminder of a failed book to screen adaptation.

    Here is a review of the film that will teach you teen girls a little history about this film’s original text.

    • dIGITS

      STFU. The books are just find it will always have it’s dedicated fan base including me and that’s more than enough, not to care what pricks like you think of it. And the only reason the MOVIE failed is because the cast sucked. One bad apple ruins it all, that apple being Jamie. Fate was on crack sorta swerved and picked another dude. Alex = Jace. ALWAYS.

    • vigorlilover

      Dodged a bullet…lol “I Am Number Four” and “Beastly” combined didn’t make more money than Mortal Instruments. Jamie Campbell Bower is perfect for Jace and a much better actor than Alex Pettyfer. I think the studio dodge one when they decided not to cast him.

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