The first image has been released from the upcoming adaptation of Cassandra Clare‘s young adult novel Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The film follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a teenage girl who discovers that she’s descended from a sect of half-angel warriors who protect the world from demons. In this image, Clary is wielding a rune—a defensive magical symbol used by the “Shadowhunters” (the name the half-angel warriors use even though “Demonpunchers” would have been better). The Shadowhunters draw the runes themselves, and in this scene Clary is using her first rune to fight off an enemy. “It was very reassuring to come on set and see everything covered in runes and replicated down to the last detail,” Clare tells EW. “The movie was definitely made by people who love the books and wanted to do right by them.”
If you’re a fan of the books, let us know in the comments section what you think about the first look at the film. The movie also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, CCH Punder, Kevin Zegers, and Jared Harris. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 23, 2013. [Update: The first poster has also been unveiled and is now included after the jump.]
Here’s the official synopsis for Mortal Instruments: City of Bones:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…