Jamie Campbell Bower Play Jace Wayland in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

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A couple weeks ago, we reported that Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Ed Speleers (Eragon), and Leebo Freeman were all in the running for the male lead in Scott Charles Stewart’s adaptation of the young adult book series The Mortal InstrumentsDeadline is now reporting that Bower has won that race and will play Jace Wayland.  Jace is a member of a group known as “Shadowhunters” who are warriors devoted to ridding the world of demons.  The book’s protagonist Clary Fray (played by Lily Collins and I swear I’m not making up these character names) witnesses a murder and is eventually drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters.  In the synopsis, Jace is described as “a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk.”  Is the tagline for this movie going to be “This totally isn’t anything like Twilight, but if you liked Twilight, you should see this movie.”

Hit the jump for a synopsis of the first novel in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones.

Here’s the synopsis for The 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…

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  • keke

    i have read all the book and i belive in mackup he has cute eyes im di prefere alex but i guess he had better offers than this one i think this jace will work we joust have to give him a chance loke we did with robert pattinson, i do agree that they change the story alot in the script but thats what we want to see our books come to life.

  • River

    Well one thing first, when I heard that Clint Culpepper wouldn’t make film if Alex Pettyfer didn’t take a role of Jace more than everythyng else THAT was my most disapponting fact. I love this book and biggest shame would be if they ditch it bcs some people think that Pettyfer would be greatest Jace ever. Common people from start I could never imagined him as Jace and still I cannot find any reason to picture him in that role. Sure he’s got looks but not more than Jamie. I was looking couple of his photos and can find great similarity with Jace like
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm517898752/nm2570429 – angel face
    http://static.thehollywoodgossip.com/images/gallery/jamie-campbell-bower-photo_242x364.jpg – smirky gace
    http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/Jamie-Campbell-Bower-Chris-Chibnall-camelot-slice.jpg – warrior face ^^
    All things said, to me doesn’t matter what ”face” plays Jace only that he plays him good and book is faithfully transferred to big screen.

  • A Fan

    I think they should of used Benjamin Stone for
    Have , he would’ve been a great match for this role
    Since Alex P. Isn’t inn for the role. But trust me
    If you see Benjamin Stones he is hot, just look him up
    , he’s perfect for this role!!!!!

  • Akerra

    WHAT THE FUCK!!!! WHY ARE THEY CASTING JAMIE AS JACE?? OH MY GOD EVERYBODY WAS LIKE JACE IS GOING TO BE ALEX PETTEYFER BUT NOOOOO THE MOVIE WANNA BE SOME SHIT FACES AND CAST JAMIE HE IS FROM TWILIGHT!!! OH MY GOD THIS MOVIE IS GONNA SUCK SOOOOOOO HARD IF JAMIE IS IN THERE!!!!!!!!!! I WILL WATCH IT AND THEY BETTER MAKE JAMIE LOOK LIKE JACE WAYLAND/MORGENSTERN/HERONDALE/LIGHTWOOD. I HOPE THEY SAY JAMIE ALEX IS BETTER SORRY BUT YOU CAN BE ANTHOR CHARACTER. I HAD MY HOPES UP AND EVERYTHING NOW THEY ARE CRUSHED! DID THEY EVEN LOOK AT JACE ON CITY OF BONES.HE IS A SEXY BADASS! AND LILY’S HAIR ISNT EVEN THAT RED LOOK AT CITY OF ASHES AND FALLEN ANGELS! THE MAKE UP PEOPLE BETTER DO A GOOD JOB OR I WILL NOT SEE THE REST OF THE MOVIES.

  • Random

    Face it Alex Pettyfer is not a really a great actor Jamie Bowie is a way better actor and Alex is some that look like they can’t be funny and face it jace was really funny I think Jamie Bowie was a better choice cause he is a better actor then Alex and they can fic hike up to look like jace and also Alex face is to squareish and Jamie is more feminine look so is going to be easier to fix him to look like jace

  • Holly

    wtf!? no offense to jamie but i really really wanted alex pettyfer to play the part. i geuss maybe he could look okay with makeup and working out…. but sorry he just isnt Jace. i mean come on in the picture he is wearing makeup. would jace ever ever ever wear makeup? didnt think so.

  • Angelic29

    I want Alex Pettyfer to be Jace. Sorry to say Bower is not suited for the role.

  • Depressed

    This is terrible.
    Lily Collins isn’t right, Jamie Campbell Bower isn’t right, the next actor cast will be totally wrong as well.
    Why isn’t Cassandra Clare doing anything?
    Oh right, cause she “can’t”.
    This sucks, and I hate him.

  • Becca

    slightly sad….i did expect Alex to do it, he’s still all over google is see… buuuuuut….i love the books, and i guess i’ll watch it to support that fact… still very sad i think he would have dont an excellent job.. the only thing that will completely ruin it for me is if they screw up Magnus Bane at this point cuz im sure this new dude for Jace can pull it off…tho he’s not Alex… its cool tho they just better not screw up the other parts cuz that’s just the end of the movie…

    i say, Mr.JCB, Muscle Milk, Master Cuts and Memorization of the character will be your miracle sir…please do Jace justice, he is all OUR favorite!!!

  • nay&fuli

    okay, the movie already sucks!!
    first friggen jamie and now a change in the story line!
    ALEX PETTYFERS ACTING SKILLS SHOULD NEVER BE COMPARED TO WHAT RPATTZ DID TO TWILIGHT!
    if it tuns out like twilight did. ill cry. :( !!!
    alex pettyfer ftw!!

  • Confused

    Ummm I’m a bit confused? Were the people that casted him high? First i see Lily Collins as Clary, now this guy? Is Hollywood serious? They’re about to turn an awesome book into a crappy movie!!! It’s ridiculous. I wish Cassandra Clare was as anal about her casting as J.K. Rowling was with Harry Potter. This guy looks nothing like how i pictured Jace; he’s pathetic. UGH!!!

  • krysta

    Even if the tabloids were right about pettyfer having an attitude problem…that makes him even more perfect for the role. Jace has a major attitude. Plus ..he is supposed to be attractive. They’re going to need a lot of makeup to make this man look like the angel he is supposed to be. I honestly no longer want to see the movie with him in the cast. I bought all four books. So Mrs. Claires pocket won’t be effected much. Besides. Id rather picture the cast the way I want it..instead of ruining the books entirely. If I see the movie every time a reread the books…ill be greeted with that icky face..

  • kira

    all i can say is that this is completely f****d. sorry but as soon as i read the first book i immediately thought that’s alex right there. all hell is going to break loose if jamie plays this part. he just doesn’t have the quality that obviously so many other people associate with alex. this is wrong and people are going to revolt definitely. CHANGE THE CASTING!!!

  • becca

    if this guy play jace wayland no one will want to see this movie . alex pettyfer fits it better and if they cast this guy they shouldnt even make the movie it would be a wast of money and i thank they should us the people that would watch the movie we read the books we know who would be better for the movie and im sry but alex is the one that i thank fit the way jace looks and acts so if hes not casted i know all the people (or most) that read the books wont want to see the movie because it would just be a wast of money .

  • Ashlee

    HORRIBLE castind decision!!! he would be great as like Magnus Bane but as Jace? HELL NO!!! If he’s playing Jace I don’t even want to watch the movies….and I LOVE the book series.

    Jamie is a great actor, he’s just NOT Jace Wayland!

    I wont even bother watching these movies. Way to ruin a good thing.

  • kayla

    The casting is terrible.Why cast Jamie Bower as jace? Thats the wrost decision I’ve ever seen,I hope you people will change that casting. Lily Collins is ok,she looks perfect for the character of Clary.

  • Beth

    Oh, grow up everybody! Get over physical descriptions! Pettyfer can’t act, he has been in movie adaptions of three very successful books, and he fit the parts darn well in looks, but somehow, his acting was not up to par and they all failed. If you really cared about Mortal Instruments you would be cheering at this decision. Has anybody ever seen Sweeney Todd? Jamie has perfect Jace hair in that and he can act, it’s not his fault they posted a stupid picture of him on this board, look him up on google, you’ll find a lot of good ones too. As for Twi-Hards, he’s in like, one-scene, and looks absolutely nothing like himself, so I doubt they’ll be flocking in just for him, they don’t flock in for Dakota Fanning movies, do they? The Runaways anyone? That’s what I thought.

  • molly

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Im absolutely gutted!
    He’s the last person i would cast as jace :(

    I watched him in camelot where he was supposed to be the all powerful king arthur…instead he comes across as pathetic, weak and whiny. He is in no way Jace.

    Yes Alex Pettyfer was perfect for the role of Jace but if we couldnt have him surely there were better people to play jace instead of Jamie Campbell Power.

    I hope he pulls out of this and if Alex wont play Jace then someone like Ed Speelers or Max Irons or anyone other than Jamie should play Jace!

    Really dissapointed and hope this doesnt destroy a fantastic book series :(

  • Wow…

    Seriously? you all complain SO much. “Waaaah its not Alex im not watching any more i hate my life” Honestly, Hollywood can do anything to anyone. When these movies turn out amazing and he nails the part )which i personally think he would have to be able to do to even be cast as jace) and you are all crying because its not the actor you wanted, ill be laughing at you as I walk out of the theatres with my half eaten bag of popcorn. Suck it up buttercups

  • kate

    i don’t think jamie will ever be like jace and neither alex p but i guess we will just have to get over it and live with it but i hope they pick someone good for simon and that doesn’t mean we have to not watch the movie im deff going to see it wether anyone else does is that!

    ps.jamie isn’t that buff either but watevers!

  • SS

    This guy is so not Jace! Terrible casting decision.

  • Ocean_Lover

    Awww are we all going through little tantrums cuz we didnt get what we wanted? have you girls seen beastly or i am number four? alex wasnt THAT great of an actor. And you girls obviously dont appreciate or love the mortal instruments as much as some people if you dont give things a chance. epically Jamie. Everyone pictures Jace differently! and you wont always agree with what happens but SO WHAT?! Jamie will probably be better then Alex, just seems like it. grow up and try to act like mature adults.

  • love

    i think i’m going 2 puke with this news!!!!!

    oh my!!!
    …….

    i just hope..

  • Elissia

    Well I am never going to watch this movie because this series is my favourite book series and I was so excited when I found out that they were making it into a movie and I was absolutely devastated when I discovered Jamie Campbell bower was playing Jace Wayland!!! Like seriously if they actually want this movie to be a good one they should at least have good cast!!! And if the don’t have alex pettyfer playing the role of Jace Wayland I and I think everyone else will never want to watch the movie!!! Thanks for ruining a perfectly good movie!!! Alex pettyfer is who the people want so that’s who they should get!!!

  • Natalie

    I don’t find Alex Pettyfer and the support behind him for the part of Jace Wayland bothered me for some time. However, with the casting of Jamie Campbell Bower, I find myself wishing Alex Pettyfer had been cast instead.

    That said, I also don’t like Lily Collins. There’s something really dirty about her and it’s not just her eyebrows.

    With any luck, the casting for Clockwork Angel and such will be far better. Either go with what’s safe or go with someone unknown. In the end, the image matters just as much as the performance if not more.

  • Natalie

    I don’t find Alex Pettyfer attractive**

  • Lady Hail

    I dont think Jamie fits! it must be Alex!

  • Shanelle

    I was disipointed that they chose Lily Collins as Clary. Sure, I can imagine her appearance as Clary but being completely honest, she is not a talented actor. I have seen her work and found it to come across over acted, and phony. Nothing was belivable, and the movie Abduction was a JOKE. But hopefully Jaime Campbell will be able to act out the part of Jace well. Though I do agree with others that Alex’s cookiecutter good looks were what I imagined for Jace. Because through out the novel he is described as so atractive, I imaged someone who had the “traditional” good looks rather than a more androgenus face. But just because he doesn’t look how I imagined him doesn’t mean he won’t play the part well. We will just have to wait and see I guess. ;)

  • I hate him

    I’m very excited when I heard that there will be a movie but when I heard that he will be the one who will play the character of Jace, I’ve already lost my interest. F***. I don’t like him. I want Alex Pettyfer or somebody. Just not that actor. I’m sorry for the words. I just very sad and I’ve lost my interest in rereading the books. :’(

  • kkk

    if not ales pettyfer then choose ed speelers then!

  • No way

    Two words alex pettyfer.

  • lesley

    omg they really didnt do a good job on the casting seriously when i think of jace i think of alex pettyfer not jamie im not trying to be rude but jamie doesnt have the face or body jace has i mean when i read the books i was in love they were amazing and i was even more happy when they were makeing a movie but there casting ruined it i honestly hope they do something about this or my guess is not that many people will see the movie

  • lesley

    omg they did a terible job casting seriously when i think of jace i see alex pettyfer not jamie im not trying to be rude but jamie doesnt have any of jaces features like his face or body i just dont see jamie as Jace and not a lot of people do i just hope they fix this or im guess not a lot of people will go

  • dang it

    i do wish alex pettyfer was jace instead of this guy but alex was offerd the part but he denid it for the movie the last apretice sadly i cant say that was a bad idea for him play that part because i never read that book before but i did read the serious the mortal indestres and i thought he was perfect also sorry about my terible spelling

  • GuinessBabe

    WTF?????
    THERE IS NO WAY THAT JAMIE HAS EITHER THE ASTHETICS OR THE CHARISMA TO PLAY JACE!!!!
    Alex would be a good fit. He has that whole screw-the-world, I-know-I’m-hot-so-I-don’t-need-you -to -tell-me attitude down pat. He’s Jace incarnate.

  • No way

    I am re reading the books the only person I see as jace is Alex pettyfer.
    BTW I will not watch the movie! If I do the books will never be the same

  • Hannah Leigh

    I feel like this was a horrible casting decision. He doesn’t fit Jace’s description AT ALL. AT ALL. AT ALL. I can’t repeat it enough. I’m upset about this. I really hope that they dye Lily Collins hair bright red, otherwise this whole movie will be a fail.

  • Liou

    People saying Jamie isn’t sexy enough – are you blind or do you have terrible taste?!
    He is a delicious piece of hothothotness that makes the panties drop, and some of the boxers too!
    Girls, are you simply jealous that he’s prettier than you?
    We’re talking about the lad who turned Dumbledore gay, for goodness’ sake!
    (Actually, the fact that he seems to irritate you so much already shows an aspect of Jace)
    As for his acting CV, he was good enough to work with Tim freaking Burton!!!
    Have you even watched him in interviews?

    I believe in Jamie, I think he’ll nail the role.

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  • Kristelle Cooper

    Omg i am so happy he is playing Jace. To be honest he is exactly like i envisioned him to be like, hes super hot, lean, rockstar looking and i totally dig it! Jace shouldn’t look like a big fucking jock, like Jace barely ate in the book and you expect him to be a big muscular jock lol. Im really cut up about all these negative comments about him being Jace. Like seriously he is only doing his job and i think the movie will be fantastic and he will bring this character to life in my opinion he already has from what I’ve seen in the trailer. Im sure Jamie can make all the fans of the book be happy about him being Jace but hes trying his best. I cannot wait till the movie comes out, and to all the people saying negative shit about Jamie can just grow the fuck up. LOL.

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