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Ross Butler Joins the Magnus Bane Casting Race

With filming on ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ set to begin on Aug. 15 in Toronto and New York, there is a slew of casting left to go.

One of the recent hot casting races has been for the role of Magnus Bane.

Shannon Kook was the first to enter the fray and was soon followed by Simon Raymond.

Now a new Magnus has entered the fray: Ross Butler.

Butler already has the support of celebrity and ‘Mortal Instruments’ fan Courtney Love.

‘City of Bones’ hits theaters on August 23, 2013.

It looks like casting is fully underway for Magnus and the rest of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ crew. Which Magnus contender are you pulling for to win the role? Sound off in the comments below!

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35 Comments on Ross Butler Joins the Magnus Bane Casting Race

  1. Based on the pic above, I’d say yes!!!!!!! This is far reaching but every time I think of Magnus, I think of Lafayette from True Blood. Now HE would be a BADASS Magnus!!!

    • Liza Hernandez // May 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM // Reply

      Totally agree about Lafayette actor from True Blood! He’s awesome! He would be an AMAZING Magnus!

    • ChrisHerondale229 // June 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM // Reply

      How about Adam Lambert?? I don’t know if he can act, but I picture him as Magnus!!!

      • McKayla // July 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM //

        I have always thought of Adam Lambert as Magnus! Adam has been doing theater since he was a kid and was in the cast of Wicked and Hair. He would make a fantastic Magnus if they could make some more of his features Asian.

  2. AWildFangirlAppears // May 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM // Reply

    Eww! He’s ugly! For a start, his skin isn’t nearly dark enough. Is he even Asian? He doesn’t look it :/ I’m sure he’s a great actor, but he’s not Magnus. No way.

  3. sorry no team shannon he does not look like magnus at all something is just off…. #team shannon kook

  4. jacelover // May 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM // Reply

    Ross butler for sure he looks like a better magnus bane thenthe other guys.

  5. He would do…but I love Shannon so much. He has that Magnus-thing about him. I love you, Shannon !

  6. xxacanthe // May 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM // Reply

    I like… i have acutally liked them all – i mean there must be a reason that they are in consideration and fighting for the role – they must be good at acting like the Magnificent Magnus Bane, so i believe in the casting director and whoever is making these choices ! So good luck to all of you Magnus Bane´s out there

  7. skin is too light? Magnus is a vampire warlock i thought…

    • AWildFangirlAppears // May 15, 2012 at 5:56 PM // Reply

      … is that even possible?

      • alicante // May 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM //

        i dont even know anymore… isnt that why he’s been alive for like hundred of years? i didn’t think warlocks had that advantage, but i know vampires do. Im sure if Luke is a shadowhunter werewolf, there can be warlock vampires.

    • mina blak // May 17, 2012 at 7:01 AM // Reply

      Magnus is just a Warlock – not Warlock-Vampire, lol.
      PS. I can’t believe Courtney likes TMI! She really does. She DM’d me and she’s def a fan. 😀

  8. when i saw his picture i jumped (not in a good way.) team shannon all the way!!!!!

  9. I like Shannon, looks wise but whom ever is the best actor I’d be for..

    And anything Courtney Love says isn’t exactly the best opinion to base anything upon, lol, yuck!

  10. Hmm. Let’s say no.

  11. They are both really good, but I think Shannon Kook has the look for Magnus Bane.

  12. He’s really really great, sounds nice as a person…. As Magnus… I don’t know, I’m really looking forward to Shannon get this role, but Ross is taller, you must admit it, and Magnus must be tall – taller than Alec, of course.
    So…. I’d say I’m torn atm adskdjklç;ld

  13. Uh no, like people have already said his skin is too light and he doesn’t look sexy enough to be Magnus. Between him and Shannon I would have to say Shannon, there is defiantly no question as to whether he is asian or not. This guy doesn’t really even seem asian in the first place.

  14. love_me_less // May 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM // Reply

    Waaaaay too Lambert-y. Sorry, but that’s not how I pictured Magnus at all. Plus, Magnus is tan. Which Ross Butler is not.

  15. Gabrielle // May 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM // Reply

    Magnus has olive skin like Shannon. #TeamShannon 🙂

  16. i like ross! think about it guys…he’s wearing loads of makeup right now. who knows what his real skin color is. but the tall factor is definitely important. team ross!

  17. Magnus is only part Asian, so someone who’s either half or 1/4 Asian needs to play him. He’s also tall and thin. Lets hope the casting crew do MI justice 🙂 Love to see who’s in the running for Alec and Simon 🙂

  18. Magnus comes across very camp in the books, and I really like the look of both Ross (who is half Asian) and Shannon for the role. I guess it comes down to who ever gives the best performance on the day 🙂

  19. This is almost what I see when I read the books I think he is perfect for Magnus!!!!

  20. He is an alright pick, but still a fan of Shannon Kook as Magnus. Come on I mean he already flirts and kisses boys on Degrassi.

  21. Well, I prefer a Magnus with a low voice. Shannon’s voice doesn’t fit in the role of Magnus…

  22. Ross butler is half indonesian, quarter dutch, quarter german. he lived in batavia/jakarta too 🙂

  23. Ross Butler is perfect. When I saw him I just thought “Yes! He is perfect for Magnus!” I then looked at the other guys and the look just isn’t there. Plus he has all the right traits; He looks gay, he’s Asian and he has Sonic the Hedgehog hair. Just need it dyed! He is more than perfect for the role based on looks.

  24. bill kaulitz should be magnus bane. look him up people!

  25. Hmmm. Definately Ross Butler or Shannon Kook. I’m not worried about skin color, the makeup department does that all to well. But between those two, I have to go with Ross, he just seems mischevious enough to be Magnus. And Since Adam Lambert won’t be Magnus, I throw my chips in on Ross.

    (Seriously, who hasn’t pictured Magnus at least once as Adam Lambert?)

  26. Ashley McLaughlin // June 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM // Reply

    Im soooo sorry, but no! ADAM LAMBERT FOR MAGNUS BANE, or I will boycot the movie…. after seeing it a thousand times. ;P I’ll love it either way, but Adam is the exact description.

  27. YES YES YES. This guy is a freaking DEAD RINGER. He’s beautiful, guys. And he’s also kind of Asian. And he also has the hair. And the smile.

    Ugh. Beauty. Right there.

  28. Adam Lambert is the only Magnus Bane

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