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Movie Monday: Teasing a possible ‘Mortal Instruments’ magazine cover

Every Monday here at The Mortal Instruments Source is Movie Monday, where we talk about one of the many topics involving the movie adaptation of “City of Bones.”

Manipulation by Martange of La cité des ténèbres.

Just knowing that Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are Clary Fray and Jace Wayland isn’t enough.

More than ever, fans are eager to get a glance at how the two actors will look as their respected characters, especially after fellow YA franchise The Hunger Games has gotten a glance at all three of their leads in character.

My mind began to wonder if Mortal Instruments landed a magazine cover how might it look?

I asked the help of Martange (@citedestenebres), who runs a French Mortal Instruments website La cité des ténèbres and creates some fantastic manips on DeviantArt, to help create a fake Entertainment Weekly cover featuring our two young stars as in character as possible.

And as you can see, the result is fantastic.

Bower is all runed up and sporting shorter and blonder hair and Collins is wearing Clary’s signature curly red locks. Even the backdrop of the Pandemonium Club gives a real feel for what the movie might look like.

When we first get an official glimpse will doubts be erased or will more criticism ensue?

Which brings me to the topic of appearances…

For fans, more often than not, the criticism stems from the actor’s original appearance.

Most recently, Lionsgate and The Hunger Games has twice debuted the looks of its stars as their characters. For the most part the response has been positive.

But the criticism never really fully goes away.

A lot of the criticism surrounding Bower is that his hair is too long or he’s not muscular enough to be Jace.

But an actor’s job is to become a character that is completely and totally unlike who they are, looks and personality-wise. That’s what makes the movie-making process so fascinating is that actors can become pretty much any character that they are presented with.

Bower is someone who knows a little something about transforming to become a character. He has played a Volturi vampire in Twilight, a wizard in Harry Potter and most recently a king in Camelot.

Each time his look has been different and distinguishable. Why shouldn’t the same apply for when he takes on the role of Jace?

The criticism hasn’t been as heavy on Collins but then again, more often than not, the main focus lies on the male lead in film adaptations.

Hollywood has the power to transform any actor into a unique and distinguishable character. You can alter appearance but you cannot alter essence or pure acting ability, which these two actors have.

They’ve already convinced the studio and Cassandra Clare. But before we really believe that, we have to wait for them to convince us.

What do you guys think of our fake, Mortal Instruments-inspired Entertainment Weekly cover? Would you like to see Bower and Collins grace the cover in the future? And just how awesome are Martange’s manips?

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5 Comments on Movie Monday: Teasing a possible ‘Mortal Instruments’ magazine cover

  1. Ok I like it but I don’t. I love the mortal instruments but in this picture lily Collin looks like a doll. Like a real plastic doll. And I don like the facial expressions

    • Shadowhunter Gal :) // August 1, 2011 at 10:56 AM // Reply

      …It’s a MANIP… I’m sure that if it was possible for the artist to tweek the facial expressions, they would… It’s just supposed to give you an IDEA. I LOVE it. 🙂 I think that a lot of people will become more open minded when seeing this. ❤

  2. Wow! I absolutely love it 🙂 Even though it’s a fake, it looks (almost) perfect. I’ve never, ever, not even for a minute, had any doubts about Jammie and Lily being our perfect Jace and Clary. They look fantastic and really, really sexy together. I can already sense the sizzling chemistry those two are going to share on screen. Needless to say, I cannot wait to see them gracing the real EW cover transformed into our beloved Shadowhunters. 🙂

  3. I really don’t like Jammie. The way I saw Jace he was so much HOTTER and more muscles. I just don’t think Jammie can pull of cocky sexy JaceI was very sad that some one better was not picked for Jace. But I think that Lily will be a great Clary.

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