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

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist April 19, 2012 at 12:04PM

With "Twilight" wrapping up this year, and "The Hunger Games" proving a giant hit, the hunt is on for the next big young adult movie franchise. And we suspect that of all the projects brewing, "The Mortal Instruments" has one of the best chances. The book series by Cassandra Clare has sold millions of copies across its four novels (plus two more in a spin-off series, "The Infernal Devices") to date, as many as any of its competitors. And since the movie version started development, the books' fervent fan-base has come out in force for any tidbit on the project.

Harry Shum Jr
An immortal, flamboyantly gay warlock, part Indonesian, part Dutch, part demon, with an ambivalent relationship to the Shadowhunters, Magnus seems to be one of the more popular characters amongst fans. Thanks to the relative lack of Asian-looking actors, there's not a lot of very viable actors who could do this one without ignoring the character description entirely. "Glee" star Darren Criss has won over fans by being part-Filipino, part-Dutch, but we think that his co-star, Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the show (as well as having appeared in the "Step Up" series), has the right kind of look and feel for the part.

Doug Jones
Brother Jeremiah
One of the most striking characters in the tale, Brother Jeremiah is one of the Silent Brothers, a group of particularly powerful monk-like Shadowhunters who've mutilated themselves to achieve greater powers. They're bald headed, have no eyes in their sockets, and have sewn up their lips. And the person best placed to get a real character out of such restrictions? Why, Guillermo del Toro's favorite make-up wearer, Doug Jones.

This article is related to: Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, Lily Collins, Harald Zwart, Sony, Features

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