Cassandra Clare on ‘City of Ashes’ movie: ‘It ratchets up the stakes’

City of Ashes

Cassandra Clare spoke with MTV about The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, which is set to begin filming sometime next year. Clare said that the sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones “ratchets up the stakes.”

“Simon (Robert Sheehan) is turned into a vampire,” Clare teases, “And he goes from being this human who’s Clary’s friend to this ravenous undead thing.” Clare adds that she pushed for Sheehan in the role, with early discussions about his casting centering on how right he’d look stalking the night and sucking blood. “Robbie was actually my idea,” she says. “I saw him in ‘Misfits,’ which is a big comedy hit in Britain, and he’s just so good and yet also able to be heartbreaking and I thought he’ll be great and he will enjoy the hell out of being a vampire.”

What else can fans expect from “City of Ashes?” Well, Sigourney Weaver is joining the series as the Inquisitor. Describing the previously-announced casting, Clare says the character is “This badass, scary lady” that fans can expect to enjoy. Although she’s sworn to secrecy about any other details for the adaptation, Clare says there’s a massive battle on the deck of a warship capping the second story that she’s excited to see onscreen.

Head to MTV for the full interview, which includes talk of City of Bones and the one thing she missed in the first movie.

We spoke to Clare to talk about the upcoming DVD release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, including what went wrong with the initial City of Ashes script. Stay tuned for that and talk of City of Heavenly Fire and City of Bones special features beginning this Friday.

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‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ special to air tonight during Teen Wolf on MTV

Lily Collins;Jamie Campbell Bower

Shadowhunters! Be sure to tune into MTV tonight at 10/9c during the season finale of Teen Wolf for a special look at The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Lily Collins will present a First Look at the film, which hits theaters on Wednesday. The commercial for the special aired during the Teen Wolf marathon.

Experience a different side of NYC by entering MTV’s New York Shadowhunter Sweepstakes

MTV contest

MTV is hosting a sweepstakes where U.S. fans can enter to win a trip for two to “experience a different side of New York City.”

The grand prize includes the following:

  • Round trip economy class airfare for two (2) from a major gateway to New York City
  • Round trip transportation to/from airport via private sedan including meet & greet service
  • Three (3) night hotel accommodations at Night Hotel
  • Two (2) tickets for a 20 minute evening helicopter ride above the city
  • Face your fear of heights at the top of the Empire State Building
  • Two (2) tickets for the NYC Hop On Hop Off Tour
  • Dinner for two (2) at The Round House Restaurant
  • Two (2) tickets to the Ultimate Haunted House
  • $250.00 spending allowance

You must be 18 years or older to enter.


Good luck, Shadowhunters!

Cassandra Clare talks the road to ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ movie with MTV

MTV released another — perhaps the final — video from their visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last year. Author Cassandra Clare talks about the road that led to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie, the surrealism of it all and the moment where she truly felt she had stepped into her world.


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What word would Clare use to describe the whole experience?

“‘Surreal’ is the word,” the author told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz while on the Toronto-based set of the urban fantasy. “My husband says it’s like being at Disneyland where all of the rides are based on my book. It has gone through a long process.”

Clare talked about the first moment she truly felt she had stepped into her world.

“We were shooting in the subway, and they had closed off part of the subway for shooting, and I walked down the stairs to get to the set, and I saw Kevin Zegers in his full costume with runes and everything. And all the commuters were passing him by like they didn’t see him. And I just thought, ‘Oh my god. It’s like we’re in my book! He’s here. He’s invisible. It’s like I’ve walked into a page of my book.’ It was amazing.”

Lily Collins (Clary) said it was amazing having Clare on set.

“She’s so lovely,” Collins enthused of Clare. “She’s been here for a couple weeks just to take it all in. Just to have her support on this is so amazing. We’re really lucky to have her on set. Just to see her smiling and be part of this process. Especially for her, this is huge. To have something you’ve created brought to the screen and have people so passionate behind it. It must be an absolute dream for her.”

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WATCH: ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ cast talks with MTV at Comic Con


The cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones appeared on MTV’s Comic Con live stream on July 19, before their Hall H panel. Josh Horowitz spoke with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers and Godfrey Gao.

You can now watch the interview on YouTube.


‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ cast to take part in MTV’s Comic Con live stream


The cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will take part in MTV’s Comic Con Live Stream on Friday, July 19.

This live stream will consist of interviews with the cast and not coverage of the panel.

We’ll be at Comic Con to bring you coverage from The Mortal Instruments panel.

Be sure to tune into on Friday to catch interviews with the Mortal Instruments cast!

‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ cast, Cassandra Clare and Harald Zwart talk about the Shadowhunter look

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments know that Shadowhunters look better in black. has just released a new set video where the cast (Lily, Jamie, Jemima, Kevin and Godfrey) as well as Cassie and Harald Zwart talk about the clothes Shadowhunters wear and reveal that it’s “all about the leather”.


Harald Zwart on the Shadowhunter look:

“How do you find a kind of goth, leathery look that hasn’t been done a million times before and not too S&M and not too this or that?” (…) “It’s search and find.”

“It’s very sexy. It’s very edgy. It’s not costume-y. It’s very much a look,” star Lily Collins — who plays Clary Fray — explained of the Shadowhunters’ gear, which she sports later on in the film after learning she’s not as mundane as she once thought.

Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace) and Kevin Zegers (Alec) also talk about the runes the Shadowhunters wear:

“They’re kind of a pain in the ass to put on in the morning,” bemoaned Kevin Zegers, who plays Alec Lightwood.

“It takes about three hours,” confirmed Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Jace Wayland. “We’ve managed to cut it down to about two and a half hours now. I will sleep in them sometimes. I won’t shower. I’ll stay in them, and then you come to work the next day, and it cuts down about two hours in the chair.”

And of course you can’t talk about fashion and not mention our glittery High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. Godfrey Gao:

“I’ve put on glitter, eye shadows, nail polish, really glittery lipsticks, and I think I do have the red-powdered cheeks going on,” Gao said with a grin.


Lily Collins talks ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ and ‘CITY OF ASHES’ movie with MTV U.K.


Lily Collins is busy making the rounds in the U.K. for her film Stuck in Love, which hits UK theaters June 14 and U.S. theaters July 5, and reporters can’t resist asking the young actress about her role in the highly-anticipated The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, out Aug. 21.

Lily spoke to MTV U.K. about how Mortal Instruments fans have shown their love and support on the set of her latest movie, Love, Rosie.

It’s funny, fans are already–I’m shooting in Dublin right now–and some fans have been coming to the set with books to sign. And it’s lovely that the support is there and I know the expectation is so high when it’s a book with many fans like this, but I think we’ve done a really good job of making it fresh and new yet staying true to the book and making it really real. I’m excited for it to come out.

Lily also mentioned that they’ve already begun work on the sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, which begins production in the fall with director Harald Zwart returning.

We’re already starting to work on the sequel and, yeah, I’m really proud of it. So whatever happens happens, but I’m really excited.

You can watch the video interview with Lily at MTV U.K.

The Mortal instruments: City of Ashes is slated for a 2014 worldwide release.

‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ trailer airs during Awkward


Shadowhunters who happened to be watching Awkward on MTV got a special treat during one of the show’s commercial breaks on Tuesday, June 11.

The full theatrical trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, complete with new release date and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In theaters Aug. 21″ voiceover, appeared on MTV during the Awkward season finale.

Sony Pictures teased the preview earlier on Twitter:

This isn’t the first time the trailer has appeared on television. The trailer was first shown on the Supernatural season finale back in May and was shown just yesterday during Teen Wolf.

Shadowhunters, did you catch the City of Bones trailer during Awkward? What was your reaction?

MTV introduces us to Jace Wayland of ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’


MTV’s exclusives from the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones continue.

On Wednesday, MTV introduced us to Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and the cocky and snarky Jace we’ve all come to love.


When MTV News visited the set of the urban fantasy (based on the best-selling novel by Cassandra Clare), the actor was quick to affirm that while his character is something of a jerk, it’s a role he’s relishing.

“What I love about him is the fact that he’s actually a bit of a douchebag,” Bower said during a 3 a.m. interview on the Toronto set. “He’s not like a meathead, he’s just sarcastic and rude.”

And for good reason, as fans of the series can attest. Jace has a complicated background (one we’ll leave vague to avoid spoilers), but suffice it to say, this history has gone a long way towards making him the oft-prickly character he is today. Bower commended director Harald Zwart for capturing not only Jace’s moodiness, but that of the monster-ridden world in which he and his fellow Shadowhunters exist.

“I think there is a darkness that Harald has brought to the piece that is easily lost in adaptations, particularly of YA novels,” Bower said. “And there’s a reality to it, as well, which is nice. You know, it’s very easy to go into fantasyland too quickly — he says wearing a dress, effectively. Every girl’s got to have a little black dress — that’s how I look at it.”

Of course, it takes a lot more than black garb and strategically placed runes to embody the Nephilim.

“There’s a lot of physicality to the role, as well,” Bower continued. “Which has been difficult to prepare for, absolutely, but it’s paid off, which is great. Like, not eating cookies is so hard.”

And if you have any lingering doubts as to how effectively Bower embodies the mercurial teen, well, author Cassandra Clare is happy to attest.

“Personality-wise, Jamie is exactly like Jace,” Clare said. “It’s actually like interacting with Jace, talking to him. It’s a little bit creepy.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Aug. 21.

What is your favorite thing about Jamie as Jace? Sound off in the comments!

MTV Set Exclusive: Meet Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis in MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

MTV revealed another exclusive from Josh Horowitz’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last September.

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“Simon, he’s the only normal guy in the whole script in the sense that everyone else has some kind of magical ability, so he’s very much the normal perspective, the normal eyes, the guy who is kind of asking the questions,” Sheehan told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz during a visit to the Toronto set last year. “He’s thrust into these very abnormal situations. It’s quite exciting.”

Yet, for all the supernatural shenanigans that transpire, Simon also faces a very real teen problem: unrequited love.

“It’s very clear from the beginning of the story that Simon is quite desperately in love with his friend, who’s been his best friend pretty much all their lives,” Sheehan explained of his character’s affections for Clary. “And it eventually comes to the fore, and they kind of work through it. It’s interestingly written in the script because it’s kind of just about small conversations that happen between two friends and eventually ends up in, ‘Hey, by the way…’ And it’s been a lovely part, and I’m working with that amateur Lily Collins, and I’m dragging her through the dramatic stuff, you know.”

And while the leather-clad, weapon-wielding Shadowhunters (which also include Kevin Zegers and Jemima West) are arguably much hipper than nerdy Simon, Sheehan says he doesn’t envy his Nephilim-portraying counterparts.

“They may look cool in their leather and sexy boots, but they have to come in about two hours before I do every day to get those rune tattoos put on and taken off and put on and taken off, so they get a lot less sleep than I do.”

In previous set exclusives, we’ve gotten a first look at the film (and Magnus’ party), our first look at Godfrey Gao as Magnus and a featurette about Lily Collins as Clary.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Aug. 23.

What do you think this latest set exclusive? Sound off in the comments!

Another ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ set exclusive from MTV coming Monday

Promotional Art

Be on the look-out Monday, Shadowhunters. MTV has another Mortal Instruments: City of Bones set exclusive headed our way.

In previous set exclusives, we’ve gotten a first look at the film (and Magnus’ party), our first look at Godfrey Gao as Magnus and a featurette about Lily Collins as Clary.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Aug. 23.

What do you think this set exclusive could be? Could it be a featurette about Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace? A Shadowhunter featurette? Sound off in the comments!

Lily Collins talks playing ‘tenacious’ Clary Fray with MTV

MTV caught up with our Clary Fray, Lily Collins at WonderCon on March 30, where the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones actress talked about the similarities between herself and Clary, as well as playing a “tenacious” Clary.


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MORTAL INSTRUMENTS cast, Cassandra Clare sound off on Lily Collins as Clary

Lily Collins as Clary Fray

Lily Collins as Clary Fray

MTV unveiled another exclusive video from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones set.

The latest video focuses on Lily Collins (Clary Fray)


Lily on what drew here to The Mortal Instruments:

“I love the stories. I love Clary because she’s this heroine who’s this normal girl, who finds out she has these powers,” the actress told MTV News during a recent visit to the Toronto-based set. “The emotion is there. It’s not just a CGI world. It’s not just a translation of a book. It’s more emotionally, character-based than just aesthetically beautiful.”

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New MORTAL INSTRUMENTS set exclusive feat. Lily Collins coming tomorrow from MTV

TMI movie cut

As if the excitement in the release of the highly-anticipated release of Clockwork Princess on Tuesday wasn’t enough, fans will be treated to another behind-the-scenes look at The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on Wednesday. will release another Mortal Instruments set exclusive, this one featuring Lily Collins (Clary Fray).



A theatrical trailer and new movie poster will be unveiled at WonderCon on Saturday, March 30. Cassandra Clare, Harald Zwart, Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers will  present both and take part in a Q & A session at the Mortal Instruments panel at 2:30 PM PDT.

This week is shaping up to be an exciting one for Shadowhunters!

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