Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” series started its visual life as a movie series in 2013. “City of Bones” did … okay. It wasn’t super successful, but the fans liked it well enough, even if it wasn’t accurate to the books. (And hey, it had Cersei Lannister in it, so what’s not to like?)
Read Jane’s Review: “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones“
But rather than continue as a series of movies, the Mortal Instruments series was picked up as a TV show. Dubbed “Shadowhunters,” the TV drama will air on ABC Family, produced by Constantin Film.
While Clare has written other books that take place in the same universe, including “The Bane Chronicles” and the “Infernal Devices” series, “Shadowhunters” will only include the plot from the “Mortal Instruments” series. The number of episodes in the season has yet to be announced.
Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” series follows Clary Fray and her adventures through the world of the Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids sworn to protect the world from demons. The show begins with Clary discovering her secret Shadowhunter past, similar to where the “City of Bones” movie began.
Filming begins in Toronto in May. Casting has yet to be announced – at all. Which seems strange, considering how close we are to filming.
Clare has made it clear on her Twitter that she has no say in casting and that she fully expects Constantin Film to recast entirely, without bringing over any of the movie’s actors.
However, most of the fandom is calling for Robert Sheehan to reprise his role as Simon Lewis, Clary Fray’s mundane (human) best friend who helps her throughout the series, who was undoubtedly the best part of the original “City of Bones” film.
Other calls for casting include the talented Crystal Reed (“Teen Wolf”) as lead Clary Fairchild and Logan Lerman, known for his roles in book-to-movie adaptations “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” and “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” as Simon Lewis.
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