Deadline was first to report that Camelot star Jamie Campbell Bower has been cast as Jace Wayland in the “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” movie adaptation.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has made its choice: Jamie Campbell Bower will get the male lead in The Mortal Instruments, the Scott Charles Stewart-directed adaptation of the Cassandra Clare novel series. He’ll play Jace Wayland, starring alongside Lily Collins, who’ll play the lead heroine Clary Fray. She has The Sight, and can see both demons and Shadowhunters. Jace is one of the best of the latter. When Clary’s mother is abducted, she is forced to learn about her bloodline and abilities in order to get her mother back. Clare’s series is comprised of six novels and is expected to launch a franchise. The role has been considered a potential star-making vehicle for an actor, and there has been much speculation on who’ll get it. I’m told the deal is being made now for Bower, who is best known for playing King Arthur in the TV series Camelot, and for playing Caius in the final installments of The Twilight Saga and Gellert Grindelwald in the final Harry Potter films. He’s repped by CAA and London-based Simon Beresford. Source: Deadline
Author Cassandra Clare confirmed the casting and is compiling a post in which she will talk about Bower joining the “Mortal Instruments” family.
Clare is quite pleased with the casting.
“Yes, Jamie Campbell-Bower is Jace. And yeah, I am really really happy about it.”
Clare had a chance to view Bower’s audition and said that it was “unf-ing-believable.”
Are we good? Yes, I believe we are.
The wave set off mixed reactions among the fandom, which started off mostly negative but since then has gravitated towards positive, as more fans are willing to give Bower a chance to bring our favorite Shadowhunter to life on the big screen.
Clare had this to say about the news: “Well, always interesting waking up to the equivalent of a gigantic nuclear bomb dropped in the middle of my readership…”
Bower was one of three actors who had read with Lily Collins a couple of weeks ago for the role.
Fans even got Jamie Campbell Bower trending on Twitter when news broke earlier in the day, when it was presumed a rumor.
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