‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

Film Status: Pre-Production

Release Date [U.S.A.]: August 23, 2013 

Filming Start Date: August 15, 2012

Filming Locations: Toronto, New York City

Production Companies: Constantin Films, Unique Features

Distributor: Sony Pictures, Screen Gems

Director: Harald Zwart [Twitter]

Producers: Robert Kulzer (Constantin Film), Michael Lynne (Unique Features), Robert Shaye (Unique Features), Don Carmody

Executive Producers: Martin Moszkowicz (Constantin Film), Dylan Sellers (Unique Features)


Lily Collins (Clary Fray) [IMDB] [Twitter] [Twitter 2]

Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland) [IMDB] [Twitter]

Robert Sheehan (Simon Lewis)

Jemima West (Isabelle Lightwood)

Kevin Durand (Pangborn)

Robert Maillet (Blackwell)


Line Producer: Hartley Gorenstein

Script: Jessica Postigo; I. Marlene King [Twitter]; Based On Novel By: Cassandra Clare [Twitter] [Tumblr]

Casting Director: Stephanie Corsalini [IMDB]

Production Design: François Séguin

First Assistant Director: Marty Eli Schwartz

Production Resources: Jonathan Matthews

Location Manager: Deborah Harpur

Official Synopsis:

CLARY FRAY (Lily Collins) is an ordinary Brooklyn teenager until the night she meets the mysteriously tattooed JACE, who turns out to be a half-angel warrior known as a Shadowhunter. When Clary finds out her mother JOCELYN has been abducted, she desperately hopes Jace will be able to help. After a whirling golden portal transports her across time and space in a heartbeat, Clary realizes she too has the powers of the Shadowhunters. But can she harness them in time to save her mother?

Clary, Jace and their fellow Shadowhunters endure one breathtaking battle after another against vampire, warlocks and demons—only to discover Jocelyn hid a terrible secret from the fiercest warrior of all: VALENTINE. Cast out from the world of Shadowhunters, Valentine abducted Jocelyn believing she had a powerful tool known as the Mortal Cup. Using her newfound gifts, Clary finds the Cup, only to be brutally betrayed and forced to relinquish it.

Still reeling from this setback and racing to save Jocelyn before it’s too late, Clary finds herself caught in a battle between forces she barely understands. Based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES is a magnificent urban fantasy rich in detail and suspense, about a girl’s journey to the darkest corners of the underworld to save those she loves.


Movie Announcement

  • 8/22/2009 – Cassandra Clare announced at a book signing in New York City that The Mortal Instruments would be adapted into a trilogy of films.




Filming/Release Date


  1. mary norris says:

    wiill it bge here by christmas

  2. “will be filmed in L.A.” WRONG! it is set in New York…this does not bode well

  3. i wanted alex pettyfer as jace not this dude

  4. you can all complain about them casting Jamie Campbell Bower, or you can get over it… At the start of the series Jace is young, they all are, so choosing someone who looks young really was a wise move.
    As much as i think that Alex Pettyfer is smokin hot, he just looks a little too manly to pull off jace.

  5. Also, Jordan, they are hoping to film some parts of it in New York.
    Although the story is set in new york, id say most of it will be filmed in studios in LA.
    Im sure key scenes featuring New York will however bill filmed in the real places.

  6. I hope this dude does a good job as Jace. A bad Jace is a bad movie.

    • I totaly agree, if he betrades Jace wrong he will ruin the whole movie! I have high hopes for this movie even though i had hoped that they would pick Alax Pettyfer so if they cscrew it up i am going to be pissed!

  7. Charismantula says:

    Campbell Bower received fairly mixed reviews for his role in Camelot – some even went so far to blame the failure of the series on him – and Collins got similarly mixed reviews for her performance in Mirror Mirror. So TMI starts out with the lead actors already being on Hollywood’s dump list. That’s not really pole position, to put it that way. Pettyfer may have been a better choice for his looks, but isn’t renowned as a brilliant actor, for that matter. I wonder if Campbell Bower really stays on board, but apparently he has no alternatives at present, which just goes to show that his Arthur performance wasn’t really well received in the business.

    • I just hope that they knew what they were doing when the chose the cast. The characters are a huge part of why i love the series. Hopefully affter this they will not stay on Hollywoods dump list.

  8. I just so Mirror Mirror.
    Lily Collins is awesome, cute, funny and she can kick some ass.
    she’s perfect for Clary!!!
    I dont really know how I feel about Bower but if Cassie thinks he’s good enough, then I trust her.

    • I know what your saying but doesn’t mean that I can’t vent about it. I mean come on seriously you have got to be kidding me they put him on the cover why can’t he look like that! But your right if Cassie likes him i will to.

  9. I agree with some of the other comments about the casting for Jace, when picturing him I don’t see Jamie Campbell Bower I was so excited to hear the books got picked up to be made into movies but was majorly let down when i found out about the casting. I feel Benjamin Stone would have been a better Jace by the way Clarissa Claire describes him in the books. Oh well. I don’t want to ruin a good book memory with a bad movie production.

  10. I always pictured Jace as the dude on the front cover of CoLS and if he’s an actor they should get him cause he’d be perfect
    P.s dunno ’bout this bower guy but he doesn’t have the Jace look (as he’s suposed to have shorter hair) isn’t he suposed to be good lookin’?

    • Savanna Wolf says:

      Um, its call acting, Cassandra Clare said its much more important that he acts like Jace then just looking like him

  11. i dont mind have jamie campbell bower fro jace but he hast to get a hair cut !!!!!!!!!!

  12. I think all the cast is great. I think im also obsessed because I check casting news EVERYDAY. OBSESSION!

  13. Thank you Clary!! I don’t want to sound like a bitch but it’s very annoying how people are complaining about who have been cast for the movie. Cassandra Clare said that Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins were absolutely perfect for their roles. As she is the author of the story and knows these characters better than anyone, I’m going to trust her judgement and believe that Jamie and Lily are THE Jace and Clary. I wish people would get over Alex Pettyfer because for one, he didn’t want to be Jace, and two, Jamie has already been cast and he’s working really hard to get into physical shape for the role, so why complain? An actor that dedicated to a role…. Sorry, haters, but I’m Team Lily and Team Jamie.

    • That’s exactly what I been saying. Cassie knows those characters way better than any of us, so if she says that Jamie & Lily are perfect, then they ARE perfect. Besides, Jamie looks like Jace when he tries… Have any of the haters seen his latest photoshoot? If that’s not like Jace, I don’t know… Plus, we have to suport the movie no matter who gets cast as who. I mean, isn’t our dream to see our favorite saga in theathers? So we should stop complaining…

    • I agree with u Beth lol my names Beth but not the same one. Jamie and Lily are perfect for the job and plus Jamie looks so like jace and he exactly how I imagine him

  14. Campbell Bower received fairly mixed reviews for his role in Camelot – some even went so far to blame the failure of the series on him .

  15. alex pettyfer hate to reject the role of a lifetime estupid

  16. remember that Alex pettyfer actually turned down the offer for the role of Jace and Jamie is actually trying to get in shape to look more like Jace. Not only is appearance important, but acting skill as well. As long as he portrays Jace well, I think i’d be super satisfied for the movie :)

  17. Chelsey says:

    I understand why people are saying to trust Clare because she’s the author and if she thinks their perfect for the parts than so should we, but I feel like she would have to say that no matter what. Imagine if she didn’t, If she said she disliked the characters choosen as much as some of us… I bet a lot of the people who agreed wouldn’t go see the movie or give it good ratings once it came out. This way, we’re being warmed up the idea of these characters in a positive light by the one person no one can argue with because as previously mentioned she knows the characters better than anyone. I agree with most of everyone that Alex Pettyfer has Jace’s looks exactly (espeialy when he was a bit younger) but I also dont think that he is the greatest actor and I rather a good actor than exact looks. That being said, I dont know if Jamie can act or not but in my opinion he doesn’t have a manly enough face for the role. I do think that there are better choices out there. Although, if it had to be someone who isn’t quite perfect of the role at least Jamie is trying to look more Jace like, I have to give him that. I can’t really complain about the girl they chose as Clary because I have never been able to find an actor that looks like the clary in my head so I guess Lily Collins will have to do. (My Clary is less model looking though). No matter who the actors are I still cant wait for the movie to come out!!

  18. Okay i thought jace was supposed to be strong and sexy! Not small and sorry ugly. Also sebastian supposed to be a dark and evil sexy not this dude. I respect clare but come on these guys do not do not do not match the parts!!!!!!!

  19. Look everyone, Cassie did have a say so in who would play Jace. Don’t you trust that she would know who would best play her character?

  20. Fuhshaw says:

    Jamie Campbell Bower is a perfect Jace! Oh, he’s been bulking up, and his hair is so perfectly blonde and messy, and he has this wonderful charisma – I just believe that he’ll be able to pull of Jace perfectly. Lily Collins is so pretty and so nice – I’d feel terrible even bad-mouthing her.
    I’m so glad they’re finally going to start filming. I just hope they announce the rest of the cast soon. I’ve been waiting for so long!

  21. Nothing says:

    This movie better be good. I just finished the fourth book waiting for the fifth to come in. I fell in love with Jace, not because of his looks (but it does take part) but because of his passion and determination to love Clary. When I that Jamie was Jace, I nearly cried of disappointment and screamed out of anger! I thought Jace was suppose to be handsome, arrogant, with cheeckbones and this tough look to him. No offense but Jamie doesn’t have that. His looks are okay and he looks like a sweetheart. What happened to following the characteristics of Jace? This casting ruined the whole series for me. I was excited when I found out there was a movie. Then I found out who Jace was and crushed everything. ):

  22. Charlotte says:

    I am sooo angry because of those casts.. it is horrible. I don’t really understand why is everybody so excited and proud of those actors.. Clary should be REDHEAD. not a ‘burgundy’ or anything else, her hair should ORANGE like a carrot. And she’s too pretty. I mean.. Clary shouldn’t be pretty. Not like a model. She just had to have SOMETHING in her face. But Lily is just too pretty to be a real Clary, sorry, Lily’s fans, but for me she’s just NOT Clary. Next.. Oh, Jace? Well, for me there’s no Alex Pettyfer. He just called himself ‘Alex’ because of a lot of teenage fans, but he’s just older Jace, that’s all. Jamie is.. weird. Just weird. Valentine is just a HUGE mistake, so just.. no comment, Isabelle is too ugly for Isabelle.. Simon is to handsome for Simon.. No, I’m just as disappointed as can be a big fan of those books who saw the terrible version of his dreamed characters. Just.. no words. I don’t even want to watch this movie, I’m afraid it could destroy my image of those amazing people, and I don’t want this.

  23. Gross.fuck Jamie Campbell bowie this movie is going to suck balls if hes in it.really disappointed.

  24. I disagree with some people, the characters are what we make them and what we imagine them to be, authors can describe how a character may look, but we put the pieces of information together into what what we want them to look like.
    Maybe these actors will do a good job, or maybe not. We will find out.
    I know that I wanted Clary to be played by a redhead. (which you’d think would be a given, but I guess not) And for Alec, (who is supposed to be a teenager) not to be played by someone who’s almost 30

  25. This is supposed to be about the lives of teenagers, not mid twenty somethings. That’s what really upsets me

  26. Fairytales don't go blind :3 says:

    Hei guys… well I just read some of your comments and.. well, I think that Lily Collins is a very good actress (I hope I wrote it right :) ) and yes, she’s also very pretty, but well when I saw her on the set photos, she hadn’t any make-up so… well, Clary should be like a Natural Beauty, right? And Jace and Simon think that she’s absolutely gorgegeous, right? And she’s the only one who thinks she isn’t very prette, right? So, please look at the acting of Lili when the film comes out, because it’s more of the feelings of the character than the way he or she looks. Now to Isabelle and Alec. I think she is PERFECT. You’ll see the way of her acting in the movie, I don’t know her… I’ve never seen one of her movies, so .. let it be a surprise! But she’s very gorgeous, very pretty. So, of the way she looks, she looks like Isabelle. Now to Alec… I think well, I know Kevin and he’s a good actor, but… a little bit too good-looking. Of course, in the books he was also a good-looking shadowhunter, but he’s prettier than the Jace actor and that’s the only fucking disgusting thing for me. They could’ve pic every other guy than Jamie Campbell Bower. This is an adaptation of a BOOK, so the actors should look like the character and Jace has muscles! Jamie definately NOT. So, please Cass…there are a million of other blonde actors with muscles and the look of Jace…Well, Jamie just looks…ugly and sorry, I saw Anonymous with him and yes, he’s a very, very good actor for a Man, but not for a 17-years-old guy… Well, maybe with a haircut he’d look like Jace, but I saw some set photos and no, no, no. Definately NO!
    Last but not least…Simon Lewis. At first I was a little bit sad, because Simon’s my favourite character and if the Jace-actor ruins the movie, and now the Simon-actor too then…but no, he doesn’t. After some days I began to ignore his darker skin and began to see that he has everything for Simon. He really looks like the best-friend-guy and not like the hottest guy on earth. Seriously, he’s cute and Simon IS cute AND pretty, but girls don’t fall in love with Simon, because of the way of his looking, no.. because of his nature and character. I hope he will act the fuck out of Simon! He’s great! So, let’s hope that Jamie will go to a studio, like Taylor Lautner, because Jacob Black isn’t Jacob Black without his werwolf-muscles, right? But, well.. Jake looked in the first movie of twilight also a little bit disgusting..?

  27. Fairytales don't go blind :3 says:

    Im not racist, btu I thought that Simon just well, has a skin like Clary.

  28. Go look at the set photos the cast looks great and stop hating on everyone I feeling that the cast will do a great job. I have this feeling that all of you who hate on the cast, hasn’t read the book more than once, but if you have then you can really understand the characters. It was said that Jamie can play both down to earth side of Jace and charming, cocky, sarcastic side. So, stop hating on the cast. Legit, I wanna punch every single one of you who have hated on the cast, I personally love the cast how they are and I can’t wait for the movie. Lily, has the great personality that Clary has, Kevin is said to be shy, and doesn’t talk a lot, isn’t Alec like that. Isabelle is said to be gorgeous, and has this cocky personality, and Jemima protrays that well from what I’ve seen in set photos and from what I’ve read in set reports from fans. So, for the final time stop hating on the cast, like I said before I wanna punch every single one of you who have said a mean or horrible thing about the cast. Do every single one of you hate on every single casting of every single book that gets made into a movie? Do you do this with The Hunger Games? The cast of The Hunger Games did an amzing job so, I bet this cast will do an amazing job to please us, so we give great reviews, and so they will make another movie on the great reviews we give or else this may be the only movie they make because everyone is hating on the cast, an how it’s not perfection, also how everything is wrong.

  29. Ok so about jamie bower, I didn’t like him as jace at all at first and I got real upset about him playing jace but I just looked at the recent pictures of him as jace and it doesn’t look to bad. The only pictures I did not like were the ones where he still had the long hair. As long as he has short curly hair he does not look all that bad. I could deal with it. I put two links below of how he looks as jace so check them out and see how better he looks now.

  30. I have always wanted to play Isabelle and have been told i should… this is a little dissapionting

  31. Mayze Piva says:

    I reckon Jamie Bowie will do just fine. He looks younger, and it fits, cuz Jace is friggin 17, and Alex looks kind of old already. Imagine this thirty year old dude acting like the teenage Jace in future mortal instruments films…yech.

  32. I’m not excited for the movies. I never was, and I was hoping that it was a lie, not for real. I don’t want my mental image ruined by a movie. I won’t be watching. I’m a enormous fan, so I hold the movies to a very high standard I know won’t be met. It just peeves me when movies and books are’nt EXACTALY the same, which I know is impossible. And there is a part of me that doesn’t want the Mortal Instruments to get so famous. I know many people read them but it still seems kind of like my own secrete. I know if a movie comes out the fans will be huge, and many will act like they know everything, but they haven’t even read the books. It’s extremely selfish, but I want the books to stay mine, I’m not into sharing shadowhunters with the rest of the world yet.

  33. I totally agree. Everyone should just admitt it. You kniw other people have read ir, but there is some part of you that seems like this is your special thing. That only you know the secrete of the shadownhunters. And you dont want the whole world to know about it yet.

  34. OMG! Jamie Bower? WTF?! So shouldda been Evan Peters. (he looks alot like Jace when he was Tate in American Horror Story) I agree with both of u gias, I’m not quite ready for shadowhunters to go public yet.

  35. Jamie Campbell Bower it’s PERFECT!
    So just stop it bitches :D

  36. Team lily and jamie I love u guys especially u jamie. I can’t get u out of my head jamie and I hope I never do I even know part of the script when you come out of the coffee shop into tye alley and I just know it of by heart and i even wrote a song about u jamie and I know ur a singer so ……

  37. I read the book with the original cover then watched the movie…. I was a bit disappointed with the trailers before seeing the movie and was a bit skeptical of Jamie playing Jace but I watched it nonetheless and am really glad I did. Lots of people seem to say that he’s “ugly” or “doesn’t have enough muscle” to portray Jace but he is actually pretty awesome. I think that the casting was perfect however I had pictured Hodge as a little bit older. Leave Jamie Campbell Bower alone, he was picked not Alex Pettyfer so he was probably approved by Cassandra Clare. Just give him a chance people :/

  38. Omg jamie is amazingly hot so you haters need 2 stop hatin he was chosen 2 do the movie since when do we choose who gets to do what leave the man alone he was amazing in the movie alex whatever is pretty cool but that doesnt mean he has 2 play in every good movie chill and deal with it if u think you know who is better how about you try the part see if you can remember numerous lines

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