The Mortal Instruments: Cassandra Clare on the movie adaptation

The City Of Bones author reveals what she really thinks of the casting, and which scene she can’t wait to see.

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Director: Harald Zwart

Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Aidan Turner, Lena Headey, Robert Sheehan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jared Harris, Kevin Durand

Filming has begun on The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, the big screen adaptation of the best-selling fantasy series by Cassandra Clare. Actress Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) stars as Clary, a teen that discovers she is actually a descendant of the Shadowhunters, a secret society of enhanced humans who hunt demons and other creatures.

Playing the love interest Jace is Jamie Campbell Bower (Camelot), and author Cassandra Clare is thrilled. “I saw Jamie’s audition and he was fantastic,” she tells us. “Lily is exactly perfect for Clary; entirely what I envisioned. They also have great chemistry together.” If the rumours are true, the pair might be loved-up behind-the-scenes, too…

Directing the project is Harald Zwart, but surprisingly his background bears no hint of fantasy credentials. Previous projects include The Karate Kid, The Pink Panther 2 and Agent Cody Banks. “I was initially surprised by the choice,” admits Clare, “but the producers set up a meeting between us, and I saw what they had seen in him. Directors don’t always get to do their passion projects, and he’s always wanted to do fantasy — in a way that’s better than hiring someone who has done fantasy before, but is maybe not that enthused about it.”

This is one of the few literary adaptations of late that isn’t a dystopian quest (“less kids killing kids and more kids killing demons,” says Clare), and the author is looking forward to seeing the fantastical world in live action, in partcular “the big magical party that’s thrown in the middle, with all sorts of creatures like fairies, warlocks and werewolves in attendance.”

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