Author Cassandra Clare sounds so excited about the new additions to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that it's kind of impossible not to share her enthusiasm. Clare posted the latest confirmed casting news on her official website today, explaining a bit about the characters as well as who will be playing them in the series.
Clare admits to having a crush on Lena Headey, and to doing a happy dance when she was cast as Jocelyn Fray. Here's how she describes who Headey will be playing:
"Jocelyn is a really fun character to write. She's overprotective (but for a reason) and often really unyielding and unsympathetic, but she's also a heroine who saved the world from Valentine, endured a lot of loss, and can execute some pretty badass moves. Moral ambiguity is always fun to play and who does it better than the gorgeous and talented Lena Headey. You probably know her best as Cersei from Game of Thrones."Jared Harris has a bit of free time on his hands after this last season of Mad Men...no spoilers, I promise...and he'll be taking on the role of Hodge. Per Clare:
"Hodge is also a really complicated character. He's not entirely bad, not entirely good. He's a brilliant man led down a bad path a long time ago and he can't turn back, but he does love those kids he tutored. So if you've seen either Mad Men or Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (in which he was Moriarty), you know this guy, and you know he's fantastic at moral ambiguity."The last bit of news finds model/actor Godfrey Gao - a guy Clare dubs as "the hottest man in the world" - handling the role of Magnus Bane. Clare says the casting director endured an exhaustive search (tough job looking at so many attractive young actors) before Gao won the role. Says Clare:
Godfrey is, in addition to being all gorgeous and stuff, super-talented (his audition was awesome), loves the books, and is, like Magnus, ridiculously tall.Headey, Harris, and Gao join a cast which includes Lily Collins as Clary Fray, Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Robert Sheehan as Simon, and Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood. Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) is directing and shooting is expected to begin next month.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is heading to theaters on August 23, 2013.
Also of Interest:
- Mortal Instruments gets a new director
- Cassandra Clare comments on the casting of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace
- Lily Collins Priest and Mortal Instruments interview
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