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We Read It: Casting Cassandra Clare's 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

by Oliver Lyttelton
April 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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Luke Pasquiliano
Isabelle's brother, an equally tall, equally dark demon-slayer, Alec has one big secret: he's gay, and in love with Jace. *Spoiler* He'll find happiness in future books with warlock Magnus Bane. *End Spoiler* "Romeo & Juliet" star Douglas Booth and "On the Road" lead Tom Sturridge have both found favor with fans and Cassandra Clare, but we've got a lesser-known actor in mind: Luke Pasqualino, who with Scodelario and Jack O'Connell starred in the second generation of the British "Skins" and he's got his Hollywood debut coming up in "The Apparition". Tall and sensitive, but capable of being a badass, he'd be a fine match for Hennig, or whoever ends up being cast. Otherwise, both "Vampire Diaries" star Steve R. McQueen and "The Secret Circle" thesp Thomas Dekker could be good bets, or British actor Aneurin Barnard ("Ironclad"). Or for a version less close to the book, what about Michael B. Jordan from "Chronicle" and "Friday Night Lights"?

Liam Cunningham
What we'd describe as "the Stanley Tucci role," Hodge Starkweather is the mentor and tutor of the young Shadowhunters, but he has a darker past. *Spoiler* He assisted Valentine with his uprising back in the day, and betrays his young charges in exchange for the freedom from the curse placed on as punishment for his earlier disloyalty. *End Spoiler* It's a part made for a veteran character actor and our ideal pick would be Irish actor Liam Cunningham ( "Hunger," "Safe House," "Game of Thrones") -- he's got the right wounded, morally ambivalent vibe for the part and at least would be a different face to obvious names like Richard Jenkins and Mark Strong. Hugh Laurie has been a popular choice for fans, and he'd made sense too, while Toby Jones and Bill Nighy would undoubtedly be considered for this kind of role. If everyone turns it down, British actor Adam Godley ("Battleship") would be another good, lesser-known alternative, while Bryan Cranston would be perfect, but is likely to be too busy, given that he's in every movie ever at this point.

Connie Britton
Clary's mother, whose disappearance sets the main story into motion, isn't a huge part, but it's a good one, and there's plenty of room for flashback sequences and what not. *Spoiler* As it turns out, Jocelyn is a former shadowhunter herself, and so has to be able to pull off the retired badass feel while also being someone who gave up the life for the love of her child. *End Spoiler* Given that she's described, like her daughter, as red-haired, we'd suggest "Friday Night Lights" and "American Horror Story" star Connie Britton, who could do something like this in her sleep. Gillian Anderson and Kate Walsh would be alternatives, while departing from the literal visual version of the character from the books, it's a part that we'd like to see Rosemarie DeWitt or Melanie Lynskey up for.

Richard Armitage
Luke helped raise Clary as a sort of de facto step-father, although he and Jocelyn were never in a relationship together. In fact, *Spoiler* he and Jocelyn were Shadowhunters together, and he's always held a candle for her. Oh, and he's a werewolf. *End Spoiler* As such, you ideally want someone who can be somewhat unassuming, but who can be paternal when needed and bring the pain when it's called for. Our pick? Richard Armitage. The British actor is right now best known worldwide for a small role in "Captain America: The First Avenger" (he's the Nazi spy who blows up the lab at the end of the first act), but he's gathered a substantial following in the U.K. thanks to roles in "Robin Hood," "Spooks" and "Strike Back," and he's about to be a big deal thanks to the key role of Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit." He can play buttoned down, but he's also got something a little...feral about him. Otherwise, his 'Hobbit' co-star Luke Evans ("The Three Musketeers") might be a good shout, or possibly David Tennant or "300"/"Lockout" actor Vincent Regan. Liev Schreiber has been a fan favorite for the part, while Toby Kebbell, Luke Kirby or Oscar Isaac might all work if they were a little older.   

Aidan Gillen
The big baddie of the piece, Valentine led the rebellion of the Shadowhunters a decade-and-a-bit earlier; he's believed dead, but is back to wreak an almighty vengeance and finish what he started. So, yes, basically Voldemort. *Spoiler* But he also turns out to be the ex-husband of Jocelyn, and the father of Clary and (seemingly) Jace. So, yes, basically Darth Vader. *End Spoiler* The silver-haired villain is charismatic, brilliant and pretty much 100% evil, and he only crops up towards the end of the first book, so you need someone who can make an impression quickly. Fans talk about people like Robert Downey Jr., but there's no chance he's going to do it. We'd put our money on someone like Aidan Gillen, the star of "The Wire" and "Game of Thrones." He's got the right look, and his profile's raised in recent years (and will again thanks to a small cameo in "The Dark Knight Rises"). Otherwise, people like Dominic West, Jonny Lee Miller and Patrick Wilson would all be appropriate. And while some might hope for Jude Law, he's likely out of the price range for the production.

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  • Calla | December 31, 2012 9:43 AMReply

    You BITCHES at the bottom better be sorry when Cassandra Clare reads your comments cause you are just being BITCHY about stuff, like how she's a plagerest. I TOTALY DISAGREE WITH YOU!!!!! So what, Cassandra is kinda using «BUFFY THE VAMP SLAYER» and «HARRY POTTER» boo-hoo for you! Just suck in up butter cup! If you don't like Cassandra Clare then fine, just DON'T BE BITCHY ABOUT IT!! BITCHES!!

  • Calla | December 31, 2012 9:32 AMReply

    Look you all think you're gonna get the ACTORS/ACTRESSES YOU WANT! Well news flash that ain't gonna happen! Look I'm a thirteen year old girl, I've read some of these comments and quite frankly I agree with some of you but not all, I agree with the ones who think Jamie should be Jace ( who is my favourite character in the books) but I don't agree with people about ALEX P. I jst don't. I do agree that Isabelle should be played by someone else though.

  • matthew | November 22, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    Jace is suppose to be a huge dude with a lot of muscle and he is suppose to be intimidating i mean no disrespect to jamie but he is just not any of those. I love the casting of Izzy Magnus and Simon.

  • Mrs Reed | August 20, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    Im not here to slate jamie because he is a talented actor, he was good in sweeney todd n i lived him in twilight. And i know he has been cast but i feel rather disappointed that they cast him as jace because i dont feel he can portray the dark brooding sexiness of jace.

  • ALEXLOVA | August 4, 2012 8:50 PMReply

    I honestly can not picture Jamie as jace! I think he is gross! Alex.P is waaaaayyyyyy hotter! My friends and I were talking about how excited we were to see the movie! We were kind of dissapointed when we heard Jamie was playing Jace. Alex Pettyfer is an awesome actor. He played in I am number 4, Beastly, Magic Mike, will be playing the main role in the buttler... a movie commingled out in 2013, and many many more! I vote Alex for jace!!!

  • Miranda | June 22, 2012 3:35 AMReply

    Do any of you people talking about Jamie Campbell Bower being "gross" even know who he is?? Obviously not. Read the book again because you apparently missed the part where Jace was described. You also don't understand the fact that ALEX PETTYFER DOESN'T WANT THIS PROJECT. So shut up about him already. He's not even that attractive geez..
    P.S. I'd tell you to watch Sweeny Todd to do some research on how great Jamie will be in this movie, but I doubt your parents would let you because I'm assuming you are thirteen year old girls.

  • New Jace! | June 20, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    I agree with ewww...! Jamie is gross. I pictured have as a guy with at least a decet face and body! Jamie so does NOT have those features! Alex Pettyfer would be the best choice!

  • Ewww.. | June 20, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    Jamie is gross and so not how I pictured Jace! Choose Alex Pettyfer! He is hot and georgeous! He will make a way better Jace! Every other actor/actress I have been pleased with! It will be a great movie as long as you pick someone else to play Jace!

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  • willow | May 20, 2012 5:36 AMReply

    phoebe does suit the part whilst shelley hinnig should of taken the part of another cast because phoebe tonkins looks more like izzy

  • TINA | May 20, 2012 5:33 AMReply

    i agree to that elijah i think phoebe tonkins does suit the part of isabelle

  • elijah | May 20, 2012 5:31 AMReply

    come on they have to make "PHOEBE "TONKINS "isabelle"! she is a much better actress no offence to shelley and isabelle is suppose to be black headed but in the end if shelley does really get the part
    i reckon it will put the movie into a really weird dynamically way for say if she is wearing a wig

  • ELIJAH | May 20, 2012 5:22 AMReply

    phoebe tonkins looks to me as isabelle

  • elijah | May 20, 2012 5:19 AMReply


  • Rhiannon | May 19, 2012 2:43 PMReply

    I like the idea of Shelley Hennig as Isabelle. I have literally just realised, reading another comment, that she has been my image of her since the start.
    Alex. Two words. Ed Speelers. With dark hair of course!
    Magnus, I see Shannon Kook-Chun :D
    Sebastian, Chris Zykla because I think he'd fit the role really well!
    Simon, to me is either Travis Caldwell or Logan Lerman - probably the former :)

    I'd just like to say I think they did an AMAZING job on casting Jace and Clary! Jamie and Lily will be amazing!!!! Lol.. James and Lily, HP :) Huh, Jamie was in them as well <3

  • Rhiannon | May 19, 2012 2:48 PM

    dammit.. *Alec

  • Imbrioum | May 17, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    I would like to see Mike Erwin play Simon possibly Sebastian. I think this would be good because he has the quiet unassuming look (like Simon) but I think he could still be evil like Sebastian turns in to/is.

  • sabrina | May 16, 2012 10:56 PMReply

    Sarah Michelle Gellar has Jocelyn Fray!!!! That would be perfect <3

  • jamie | May 13, 2012 11:46 AMReply

    shelley hennig for Isabelle! She'd be amazing she has the look going on but from what I've seen from the secret circle she could play isabelle's bitchy side and also her more emotional side as well.

  • SMG | May 7, 2012 5:07 PMReply

    Chris Zykla (the secret circle) would be perfect.

  • Claire | May 4, 2012 3:58 PMReply

    Somebody just read my mind

  • Tyrel | May 4, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    Jamie is still attached to the project to play Jace just google it not hard to find! Also Cassandra Clare has also confirmed that he is still playing Jace! I know it's hard for some of you to hear but he is not going anywhere and is staying attached to the project.

    Sources: IMDB,Cassandra Clare's Twitter Feed and Box office mojo

  • Rhiannon | May 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    I'd not complaining, I'd have hated for Alex to have another role like that - even he turned it down (along with Peeta from HG apparently, which I'm also glad about) so he wouldn't be cast anyway.

    GO JAMIE!!!

  • Dontknow | May 4, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    I think Drew Roy would make a totally perfect Jace... Does anybody else agree?

  • Kaleigh | May 2, 2012 1:54 AMReply

    Oh hey guys btw... I read that Jamie was detached from the project now. Good thing too because he is the last person I wanted to play jace. BUT on the other hand I reply don't want Alex petyfer like lot of people. I think jace should be attractive but I would like it say mo if he was not as well known. I feel like this series is an opportunity for new stars to arise.

  • Wow | May 2, 2012 2:06 AM

    Obviously she's right and none of yll can read.. If you go to the second page, it says "Jamie is no longer attached leaving openings for new possibilities."

  • FAN!! | April 29, 2012 6:57 PMReply

    I've read all the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices many times, so I know the characters very well. There are many candidates up there that don't match the characters, but I have to say something about Jace.

    Jace is HOT, arrogant, lean, confident and utterly suave. Callan McAuliffe and Sam Jackson most definitely canNOT play Jace. In the beginning, I thought Alex Pettyfer would've been perfect but he's the female version of Megan Fox. Attractive, but a narcissist with frequent cases of verbal vomit. Really rather not have him pollute a beloved series. Buuut, I think ED SPELEERS would be peerfect!

    I really hope Cassy and the casting directors check out sites like these. fingers crossed

  • Sara | April 24, 2012 2:56 PMReply

    There's a little you didn't mention.. quite an important bit actually. Might have something to do with Jace already being cast. Have you completely forgotten the existence of the wonderful Jamie Campbell-Bower? He should recieve respect instead of being dismissed. No one can change the decision and should come to terms that JAMIE IS JACE. Jamie HAS NOT dropped out. Jace WILL NOT be recast.
    Just my opinion. P.S-I find the casting ideas interesting and different though some are far fetched like the Magnus choice. :)

  • Tahlia | April 23, 2012 5:09 AMReply

    Magnus is Indonesian??? Cassandra Clare said he was half south Asian... (And I hadn't heard about the Dutch either but that could just be me.)

  • ccbecray | April 23, 2012 12:34 AMReply

    Dan Byrd as Simon? Haha no. I'm not saying that Simon is supposed to be a heartthrob or anything, but Dan Byrd is incredibly awkward looking, and not in an attractive way. I've always loved the idea of Irish actor Robert Sheehan from Misfits as Simon. I think he could easily pull off his sense of humor and is adorable in a nerdy way.

    Anyways, Jane Levy is perfect for Clary, which is unfortunate since she's already been cast. I don't mind Lily, though. I think she can pull it off.

    I was under the impression that Jamie was still Jace, and I'm going to continue to believe it until there is some sort of official announcement that he's been axed.

    Valentine will always be Paul Bettany for me, and Luke will always be Scott Patterson, who played Luke on Gilmore Girls.

    I like the idea of Phoebe Tonkin as Isabelle. She'd need to work on her acting but she's got the look.

    For Alec I pictured Iwan Rheon who is also from the show Misfits and since I'm on a Misfits kick I think that Antonia Thomas would the perfect Maya.

    Anyways, that's my two cents.

  • Mindy | April 22, 2012 3:10 PMReply

    I think that jace should be played by Chris Zylka, Chord Overstreet, or Ed Speleers.

  • Emma | April 21, 2012 11:01 PMReply

    What are you talking about? Jamie IS Jace, he's been training for a long time now and deffo still attatched to the project. As for those who want Alex Pettyfer for Jace, it's been a year since he turned down the role, just please get over it.

  • JacieLeigh | April 21, 2012 2:49 PMReply

    Sigh...I wish people would stop picking actors based on their looks. If an actor doesn't look like the character, that's what makeup, hair dye, contacts etc... are for. They should be chosen based on their talents. I would personally rather see this movie and remember the great performances given, not how much the actor looked like the character but did a terrible job portraying that character.

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  • Morgan | April 21, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    The person casted as jace doesnt look anything like him. neither does the one for magnus, even without the sparkels. the perfect jace is the person who features in "I Am Number Four" (i dont no his name). you are just causing more work for yourselves. i mean jaces hair is GOLD not brown. have you read the books?

  • Chelsea | April 22, 2012 12:53 PM

    I believe the guy you are speaking of is Alex Pettyfer, I think just about everyone wanted him to play Jace because he matches the description of jace so well but sadly he did not take the part when offered it which is why Jamie is now Jace...

  • Nanda | April 21, 2012 8:30 AMReply

    Please...pick Chris Zylka!!!! I love him...He is so pretty and a good actor!!! He's a perfect jace

  • JJ | April 21, 2012 6:02 AMReply

    these are all HORRIBLE choices.

  • J. Pessimist | April 21, 2012 3:08 AMReply

    I am so tired of this stupid formulaic crap.

    Teenage girl has boy she knows and boy she doesn't and through ridiculous situations where she is given far more power than she has any business having, she has to choose between these two generic wallpaper-paste guys.

    I was far more interested in seeing a completed His Dark Materials, and now that that's impossible and Song of Fire and Ice are taken by HBO, I think the only book series I could even imagine wanting to see is The Dresden Files. That would be incredible.

  • Lotty | April 20, 2012 10:00 PMReply

    You people! Jamie is STILL involved. Say or wish otherwise, he still is till they say he is not, officially. He is in training right now. Cassie said so 10 days ago. Whoever doesn't like the cast can just opt to NOT go to the theater and pay 10 bucks to see it.

  • emily | April 20, 2012 9:18 PMReply

    I really don't like the play casting they did. it's all wrong. thats just my opinion any way

  • Mindy | April 22, 2012 2:51 PM

    I have to agree with Emily on this one.

  • Melissa | April 20, 2012 9:16 PMReply

    For Jace...I'd die to see Alex Pettyfer in this role, possible Callan McAuliffe as a second choice. For Simon, definitely not Dan Byrd, I like Logan Lerman for this role, maybe Eric Knudsen but I lean more toward Evan Peters. Douglas Booth for Alec all the way. :) Good choice for Clary.

  • Tam Doan | April 20, 2012 8:09 PMReply

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pick Logan Lerman! i have wanted him to play Simon ever since i found out about the movie. i really want Simon to be cute because I imagine him very cute :)

  • emily | April 20, 2012 9:18 PM

    OMG SAME!!!

  • Ms. Reed | April 20, 2012 6:33 PMReply

    Okay. So. First off. I think we should all agree to disagree about Jace. For example, to me, Jamie is a hundred times more beautiful than Alex P. And of course not everyone's going to think the same, because beauty is largely subjective thing. But, looks aside (and even though I didn't picture Jace looking like Jamie while reading the books), I think Jamie can deliver that sort of "Jaceness" which is so important for movie-Jace to be real and lovable, and not just an arogant as*****, as (kind of) Cassie put it. Just listen to him talk. He has that something. I saw him and loved him in "Sweeney Todd", and can't wait to see what he will do with Jace who is this sarcastic, warrior guy, as opposed to gentle and somewhat naive Anthony (from ST). Though, when I think about it, Anthony had his moments too. ^^ Awww, Sweeney Todd. Okay, back to topic. I'm loving Richard Armitage as Luke, at least as far as looks go, because he is exactly the Luke I imagined in my head reading the books. Shelley Hennig as Isabelle sounds great, as well as Darren Criss as Magnus (even though he could be a bit taller, but he is perfect for Magnus none the less). Harry Shum Jr. isn't bad either. I would LOVE to see Bill Nighy as... well - anybody! Because I just love Bill Nighy. xD He would make a perfect Valentine as far as I'm concerned. One condition for Alec, though -- he just HAS TO have blue eyes. That is just imperative. Because I simply cannot imagine CoB without Magnus saying to Jace: "Are you the one with the blue eyes?" and then sighing in disappointment when he discovers he isn't. That doesn't happen very often to Jace - someone being disappointed because he's Jace and not somebody else. :D So, Tom Sturridge! (even though he's basically Will Herondale) ooooor Adam Gregory who is lookin' very Alecy to me. Or some other blue-eyed & dark-haired hottie.

  • Sari | April 20, 2012 6:16 PMReply

    Why are we putting plagiarism on the big screen precisely? Why do we reward people for this?

  • Marie | April 21, 2012 1:14 PM

    Seriously! I can't believe Cassandra Clare has fans. She's a hack.

  • Mary | April 20, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    Jace is going to end up looking and sounding feminine looking (have you heard Jamie speak? I thought he was gay until I read he was engaged to Bonnie Wright!) and Clary will look rather masculine with her bushy eyebrows. They're going to look LOL-tastic together. Might as well cast Lily as Jace and Jamie as Clary, they'd be a better match at this rate.

  • tursha | April 20, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    Ok they need to stop picking dudes that look like girls to play jace. If they pick that Jamie kid to play Jace i'm not going to see the movie

  • Anthi | April 20, 2012 7:29 AMReply

    I DO NOT AGREE. Most of your suggestions are lame. I go for Logan Lerman as Simon, Kaya as Isabelle and Gaspard or Nicholas Hoult as Alec. And stop that thing-Jamie is involved, Cassie herself said that!

  • Jen | April 20, 2012 7:16 AMReply

    BIG fan of Luke Bryan's. I was one of those idjits at Wally World for the debut of his first CD.Just scored some tickets from to see him live this summer.

  • Honest Anonymous | April 20, 2012 6:49 AMReply

    I don't think I'm gonna watch the movie if Jamie would be Jace. None of my friends would watch it too. Because if I watch it, I'm afraid it would ruin my imagination of Jace when I read the next books again. Sorry to say.

  • Honest Anonymous | April 20, 2012 6:43 AMReply

    Jamie is not Jace. Jace is supposed to be handsome, attractive, cool, and hotly hot. I cannot imagine how this film would be if the actor act like he is Jace, but everything in him is totally the opposite. SERIOUSLY.

  • AK | April 20, 2012 12:13 PM

    Get over yourself! Cassandra Clare choose Jamie because out of 100 actor, he "SHINE." And it better to have a STRONG actor then a pretty boy. Pretty boy can be hot, but some can suck at acting. Why can American get that in their thick head?!

  • MC | April 20, 2012 6:02 AMReply

    Your choice for Jace is so far off the mark, I think you haven't read the books. Alex Pettyfer is the incarnation of Jace, and it is a shame he won't be in it.

  • CC | April 20, 2012 6:11 AM

    Was that aimed at me? I have read all the books many times and think Jamie will do Jace justice. There are many things I could say about Alex Pettyfer but I won't stoop to the level of some of the people who have commented on here. Jamie is Jace, end of story. No amount of wishing is going to magically cast Alex as Jace, even if he wanted the part- which he doesn't.

  • mrswinchester24 | April 20, 2012 5:57 AMReply

    This fandom needs some serious help. And no, I'm not talking about the who should play who stuff, that is inevitable. What I am saying is 139 comments and no one has mentioned how awesome it would be if David Tennant was cast as Luke! Personally, I think Tennant is too skinny/lanky to match my image of Luke but who cares! It's Davd Freaking Tennant! All of the sudden, I would develop this mad crush on Luke and believe that Billie Piper should play Clary's mom (never mind! Catherine Tate, she even has the right hair lol).

    Seriously, does no one in this fnadom watch Doctor Who?

  • CC | April 20, 2012 5:54 AMReply

    Jamie Campbell Bower is an excellent choice for Jace . Have you seen him in Camelot?
    If Lily Collins is too "old" to play Clary, then Alex Pettyfer is far too old to play Jace.
    As far as I'm concerned, they have two solid actors playing the leads. Even if I didn't like this series, I would go and see this film solely because JCB is in it,I think he can pull off Jace and will do so admirably. I look forward to seeing you all eat your words next year.

    As far as Cassie is concerned, she has only ever been honest towards her fans and she has gone to great lengths to emphasise her support of JCB and Lily Collins. Try having a little faith people.

  • AA | April 20, 2012 7:55 PM

    Good gracious Lily Collins is OLDER than Alex Pettyfer. And JCB is OLDER than both of them! I do agree that Pettyfer is not the greatest actor, but honestly they'll lose more money if they don't satisfy the fans and I really don't want the movie to flop. JCB isn't that great either; he can't carry the movie, so if it isn't gonna be great then I'd at least like to have some eyecandy ;P.

  • Issy | April 20, 2012 4:37 PM

    As a matter of fact, I have seen Camelot. He did not impress me in the slightest. Read reviews for Camelot too, Jamie is often cited as the weakest link. Not many people enjoyed his Arthur.

  • rachel | April 20, 2012 6:07 AM

    Yeah Jamie looks like he fits the part. I just now read further down. I was complaining about the boy in the picture, Callan McAuliffe, I thought that's who they wanted to be Jace at first. He looks way to little. I'm glad they picked someone more manly.

  • rachel | April 20, 2012 5:44 AMReply

    It's too bad they didn't go with Alex Pettyfer, he looks more like Jace to me. He has a more manly look to him and shows hot emotions in his films.
    I'm fine with the rest of the actors, but Dan Byrd's eyes look a little small to be Simon. He was always described as having big dark eyes.

  • Kelly | April 20, 2012 10:07 AM

    That was the reason why Cassie doesnt think AP is a suitable choice because of his manly looks. She described Jace as having boyish looks and honestly i ddn't like Jamie as Jace at first but he is proving himself and he is Jace to me now. And too all the other people who are putting up nasty comments about Jamie or the Author, who the hell gives you the right? If you dont like this series please dont read about it or comment on the stuff because we who are actaul fans do not appreciate it. (this was not directed at you Rachel since your comment isnt nasty)

  • Emma | April 20, 2012 3:20 AMReply

    Here's my problem with Lily and Jamie: Lily is too pretty to be Clary and Jamie is not pretty enough to be Jace. I don't think Clary's character requires an outstanding, Oscar actress, but I think she needs to look the part a bit. Lily is beautiful and I never imagined Clary to be beautiful. I would have loved Emma Stone. She's pretty in her own way and has the perfect humor that Clary has. Physically, Jamie just doesn't do it for me. Yes, he can gain muscle and go tanning, but his face is just hot. Sorry, sounds mean, but that's my opinion.

  • Emma | April 20, 2012 3:22 AM

    Meant to add: the upside is that Lily is a huge fan of the series, and that's likely going to come out in her acting. I'm glad the role went to someone who is a fan, because I think it will show.

  • Mia | April 20, 2012 1:23 AMReply

    Jamie is Jace! Cassandra already said so. A lot of people are still complaining about him not looking the part and everything, but just as she said, he had perfect chemistry with Lily and is totally devoted to the film.

    A lot of people may or may not agree with Constantin's choice of Jace and Clary, but Cassandra Clare seems really happy. It's like how the fans were all furious when they found out Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were cast as Katniss and Peeta respectively. In the end, the film turned out great and everyone loved it (or at least I assume most of the fans did). I think we should just wait for the rest of cast list and hope that they don't stray from the story itself.

  • Calla | December 31, 2012 9:52 AM

    I agree with you Mia. Jamie is a fine Jace, and Lily is a perfect Clary! Just cause they don't look the part doesn't mean they can't play the part!

  • Issy | April 20, 2012 2:24 AM

    I never had issues with Jennifer or Josh. Sure, Jennifer didn't look like my Katniss (and she still doesn't), but I had no worries as I knew she could act her butt off having seen Winter's Bone. I always liked Josh as Peeta, so he never bothered me. But the fact is, Jamie and Lily are no Josh and Jennifer. They don't even have half of their talent.

  • Deborah | April 19, 2012 9:33 PMReply

    It's sad when Alec is hotter than Jace. No offense against Alec or anything. But seriously.

  • HONEST ANONYMOUS | April 20, 2012 6:45 AM

    Haha totally agree with you, Deborah!

  • Issy | April 20, 2012 2:27 AM

    Better get used to the idea.

  • Karen | April 19, 2012 9:13 PMReply

    Evan Peters as Simon?! NO. Evan seems more like a Jace but since Jamie will be Jace, Evan should be Sebastian in the upcoming films... Simon seems like a Logan Lerman and Alec is pale.

  • Sam | April 19, 2012 8:59 PMReply

    Lilly Collins is perfect for her spot, and I seriously disagree with most of the cast here. None of them LOOK the part!

    With Jamie, I really did have a problem with him at first, because he doesn't look anything like I imagined Jace -- but when you see and hear about the chemistry the two have together, you realize that Jamie is perfect. Lilly Collins said herself that she feels like Jamie fits Jace's personality perfectly, and I trust the casting.

  • Chelsea | April 19, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    Molly Quinn would be the perfect Clary, Alex Pettyfer is THE PERFECT Jace!!!! <3 i like their Simon, but i like Kristopher Turner too, Adam Lambert is a PERFECT Mangus!!!!!!

  • Traci | April 19, 2012 8:50 PMReply

    Emma Watson is not tough or could be like Rooney Mara. That's absurd.

  • Thalia | April 19, 2012 8:47 PMReply

    i have to say the characters are all perfect but i have to say that i like jamie campbell-boower...
    but id have to saw i would have thought Callan McAuliffe to be what i pictured Jace as.
    but hey its not my decision.
    still... love the rest of the characters and the actors chosen for them!
    especially Darren Criss as Magnus!

  • Gina | April 19, 2012 8:15 PMReply

    I actually think Darren Criss would be a PERFECT Magnus. Everytime i watch Glee i see Magnus! He NEEDS to be Magnus!!! And of course Lily Collins as Clary and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace is fantastic! So my only preference is for Darren being Magnus :)

  • Donna | April 20, 2012 4:09 AM

    Sorry this is actually in response to Derbs, just to point out that in fact Darren Criss is the same nationality as Magnus, as pointed out in the article.

  • Derbs | April 19, 2012 8:27 PM

    Darren Criss would be amazing as Magnus IF Magnus were not asian. But saying that, magnus is half asian and Cassandra Clare has said that if she were to choose the actors then the actor would half to be half asian.

  • Scarlett | April 19, 2012 8:08 PMReply

    I don't personally agree that Lily Collins is the best pick for Clary, I actually think that the suggested, Jane Levy, would be perfect as she is closer to how I imagined Clary to look. As for the actor who will play Jace, I do not think that Jamie Campbell-Bower is right. I mean no offence when I say that he just is not beautiful enough. I'd love to see Callan McAuliffe or Alex Pettifer in this role.

  • Crysral | April 19, 2012 8:06 PMReply

    Ok. So Cassandra Clare said, and I quote, "Tell them what you think of their choices (well, except for the Jace choices…because Jamie is Jace)"..... So WHY are people still complaining about him? Cassie saw his audition tape and said that he was the BEST person who auditioned for Jace. Being the author, I think that Cassie would have the best idea of how Jace acts and who portrays him well. Knowing that Cassie approves of Jamie is good enough for me. I cannot WAIT to see him as Jace. Give him a chance!

  • Rose | April 20, 2012 3:08 AM

    Jay is right. What else can Cassie say about Jamie BESIDES anything positive? Nothing. Authors can't go around bashing the actors who are starring in their book-made-movie. She knows the fans wanted Alex Pettyfer..of course she's going to campaign hard for Jamie. Maybe he was great. Maybe not. Point is, the only ones who can judge will be US, the fans. We need to wait until the movie comes out.

  • Jay | April 19, 2012 8:44 PM

    No author is going to say anything negative about someone starring in their movie. Please. Cassandra Clare would love ANYONE who got the part and she'd also gush about anyone.

    Fact is, I've seen Jamie's other roles, and he's just not that great an actor. Not enough to justify casting "talents" over "pretty face". He doesn't have talent OR a pretty face. The only thing he can do well is sing. Which has nothing to do with Jace. Alex isn't a good actor either, but at least he was pretty.

  • JD | April 19, 2012 7:51 PMReply

    Man, are they lucky Joss Whedon is a nice guy and not litigious. Talk about blatant rip-offs....

  • Jennifer | April 19, 2012 8:46 PM

    She 100% copied Buffy and Harry Potter. It's no secret; she's always been famous for being a plagiarist.

  • Sarah | April 19, 2012 7:25 PMReply

    So, you know, get your facts straight. Jaime is still playing Jace. He says and the author says. And yes, while I do think Jane Levy would be a pretty awesome Clary, Lily Collins is adorable and I can't wait to see her playing Clary.

    And I do wish people would stop complaining about JCB as Jace. He's working out, he is--most likely--going to cut his hair. Give the guy a freaking chance. Hating on him just shows how immature you can be. Alex Pettyfer DOES NOT want to be Jace. He left the company hanging for several months before finally saying no. AP doesn't want to be in any YA book-to-movie adaptions, so deal with it folks. JAIME IS JACE. BAM. DEAL WITH IT.

  • Jenny | April 19, 2012 7:45 PM

    LOL, we'll deal with it by not going to see the movie. Working out will not change his face, sorry. He's just not cute.

  • Lisa | April 19, 2012 6:35 PMReply

    Definately Johnny Lee Miller for Valentine and also I have pictured Dan Byrd as Simon all along .... I think Harry Shum Jr. would make a great Mangus and Jamie Campbell Bower doesn't fit my version of Jace but after the intense training that he's going through for the role I think I will be pleased with the end result .... I watched Abduction the other day and I think that Lilly Collins can pull of an awesome Clary!! Luke I pictured as Scott Patterson from Gilmore Girls as for Jocelyn .... I'm sorry but I pictured Sarah Clarke who plays Bella's mum in Twilight but that was before I saw her in the Twilight series .... But these are quite big name actors and actresses, so I guess we'll see ....

  • Chelsea | April 19, 2012 6:23 PMReply

    Let's just be real, Benjamin Stone would make a fantastic Jace, and the nerdy kid from Skins UK should play Simon. It works.

  • Issa | April 19, 2012 8:13 PM

    Agreed about Ollie Barbieri! He'll have to dye his hair and get a bit fitter though.

  • Annie | April 19, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    I can't see Jamie as Jace. I'm sure he's a great actor, haven't see him in
    anything really, if you don't count twilight. But he's not how I imagined Jace, not at all. I still want Alex Pettyfer to play him.
    But seriously who would cast Jamie? Jace is supposed to be attractive and really hot, and Jamie is neither.

  • Scarlett | April 19, 2012 8:11 PM

    I agree! We all know that Jace has the tenancy to be dark, but I just think that Jamie is perhaps too dark/ negative for the role.

  • Alison | April 19, 2012 6:15 PMReply

    woah.. Douglass Booth. I think he would have been good as Jace (when it comes to looks), but seeing as we have Jamie, he'd be okay for Alec :)

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