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 Instruments. Deadline 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.
Now that the cast of The Hunger Games is just about set, it’s time to move on to the next teen fantasy/adventure book series film adaptation: The Mortal Instruments. Lily Collins (Priest) is locked as the lead in the Scott Stewart-directed flick. The Wrap reports that Jamie Campbell Bower, Ed Speleers and Leebo Freeman all tested opposite Collins on the Sony lot last week.
Bower is somewhat of a veteran of teen books-turned-films, having appeared in both Twilight (as Caius) and Harry Potter (as Gellert Grindelwald). Speleers is best known for 2006’s Eragon and Freeman is a newcomer. The book series centers on 15-year-old Clary Fray who witnesses a murder only to discover that she has encountered the “Shadowhunters”, a secret tribe of warriors who are on a mission to destroy demons. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the first novel in The Mortal Instruments series.
The publicist of Lily Collins (The Blind Side) has informed us that the actress is set to play Clary Fray in Scott Charles Stewart’s adaptation of Mortal Instruments. The film is based on City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Despite the title, City of Bones is not about a city where everyone exclaims that they’re doctors, not some other profession. The young adult novel centers on 15-year-old Clary Fray who witnesses a murder only to discover that she has encountered the “Shadowhunters”, a secret tribe of warriors who are on a mission to destroy demons.
Collins will next be seen in Stewart’s apocalyptic-vampire-action-horror film Priest and is also set to costar with Taylor Lautner in Abduction. Hit the jump for the synopsis of City of Bones.
With production in Hollywood getting ready to shut down for the holidays, agents all over town are scrambling to finalize last-minute deals for their clients. Hence, tons of casting news was released today.
Max Minghella, who played Divya (the Winklevoss twins’ third partner) in The Social Network, is set to star as Ben Harper in George Clooney’s The Ides of March. Clooney wrote, will direct, and stars in the political drama alongside Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.
Hit the jump for many more casting announcements for The Door, The Hangover Part II, City of Bones, Contraband, and So Undercover.
Screen Gems has partnered with Constantin Film and Unique Features to adapt Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones into the first film in a potential franchise based on her Mortal Instruments book series. In Bones, “seemingly ordinary teenager Clary Fray discovers she is the descendent of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world.” Greenhorn Jessica Postigo scripted the adaptation, which sets a variety of mystical creatures (fairies, warlocks, werewolves, etc.) loose on New York City. Hit the jump for the official announcement.