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Next Young Adult Franchise? Fantasy 'Mortal Instruments' Adds 'Game of Thrones' Badass Lena Headey to Cast

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 19, 2012 at 5:26PM

Young Adult Fiction continues to drive book sales (as top writers such as Carl Hiaasen, Elizabeth George, Jody Picoult and John Grisham turn to the red hot YA business) as well as subsequent movie franchises such as Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter," Summit's "Twilight" and HBO's "Game of Thrones."

“The Mortal Instruments” is a series of six young adult fantasy books written by Cassandra Clare and published by Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. In the series’ first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”, set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
New Cast Additions:
·       Lena Headey as “Jocelyn Fray” (300, DREDD, Game of Thrones,)
·       Jared Harris as “Hodge Starkweather” (SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, Mad Men)
·       Godfrey Gao as “Magnus Bane” (ALL ABOUT WOMEN)
Previously Confirmed Cast:
·       Lily Collins as “Clary Fray” (MIRROR MIRROR, PRIEST, THE BLIND SIDE)
·       Jamie Campbell Bower as “Jace Wayland” (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, HARRY
·       Robert Sheehan as “Simon Lewis” (KILLING BONO, SEASON OF THE WITCH, Misfits)
·       Jemima West as “Isabelle Lightwood” (Maison Close, The Borgias)
·       Kevin Durand as “Emil Pangborn” (RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, I AM NUMBER FOUR, Lost)
·       Robert Maillet as “Samuel Blackwell” (SHERLOCK  HOLMES, IMMORTALS, 300)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.