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Casting Talk: Isabelle cast, Alec discussion + more

After a lack of movie news regarding the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Cassandra Clare shared with fans some exciting news.

Both Alec and Isabelle have been cast and more casting is on the way soon.

In case you missed it, here is a rundown of Tuesday’s movie news:

  • Jemima West has been cast as Isabelle Lightwood [read more]
  • Jemima’s British. French/British — totally accentless English!
  • Simon has NOT been cast yet
  • Alec has been cast, but Cassie cannot share that with us yet
  • Cassie said the actor cast as Alec is “a British actor, he has dark hair, I’m pretty sure you know who he is, I like him a lot, I’m pleased he’s going to be Alec. He and Jemima are going to be gorgeous siblings.”
  • Cassie can’t tell us who Alec is yet because “I don’t entirely know why, but it has to do with his schedule, and telling could get a bunch of people shot,” but it could be a few days before we find out.
  • Cassie has seen Jemima’s audition and will write a post about it [read it here]
  • Cassie shot down several actors that fans were asking about as Alec: 
    • Nicholas Hoult
    • Ben Barnes
    • Douglas Booth
    • Freddie Highmore
    • Aaron Johnson
    • Andrew Garfield
    • Chris Riggi
  • Phoebe Tonkin did indeed audition for Isabelle
  • There is a connection between Douglas Booth and the actor chosen for Alec
  • There is speculation that Ed Westwick might be Alec [read more]
  • There are actors under “serious consideration” for every other major role right now
  • Cassie on casting: “there WILL be more casting news and it’ll be soon and it’ll be cool.”

Filming on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will begin on August 15 in Toronto and the film is slated for an August 23, 2013 theatrical release.

What do you think of Jemima as Isabelle? Might Ed Westwick be Alec? Who do you think Alec is? Sound off in the comments!

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57 Comments on Casting Talk: Isabelle cast, Alec discussion + more

  1. It’s: Christian Cooke
    – He is British.
    ”Our Alec has been in other shows/movies.”
    – He is known for some movies and Tv series like ’Doctor Who’.
    ”Nails were examined when Ed Westwick was mentioned and
    it’s interesting that Douglas Booth was mentioned.”
    – He is playing Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with Ed Westwick and Douglas Booth.

    • It’s Harry Lloyd. They acted toguether in the tv adaptation for Great expectations. He’s British and well known for Game of thrones. I quiet like him as Alec

      • Again! Harry Lloyd is way way way way way too old to play Alec. Harry Lloyd is like 29 years old, that doesn’t pass for eighteen.. besides. Harry Lloyd looks too old. I don’t think the casting directors would cast him, due to his looks.

    • yeeeee i think its christian cooke because my friend knows him and they said he went for it!

      • way to macho to play Alec. Harry Lloyd looks gayer! jaja

      • it could be tom hughes (was in cemetry junction with christian cooke) who also knows douglas booth as he was seen in the burberry ads with him! jeez there are just too many contenders!! *brain explodes*

  2. I love love love Jemima as Izzy but I hope Alec isn’t Ed Westwick, I love him but he’s not Alec to me at all.

  3. I’m thinking that maybe Christian Cooke is Alec?!! He’s in the Romeo and juliet movies with Douglas booth!

  4. Ooh the Christian Cooke theory is a good one…

  5. I think Alec may be Ed Westwick, but hopefully it’ll be Christian Cooke instead!

  6. It could be also Harry Lloyd.

  7. he is so handsome ı hope christian cooke is alec!!

  8. I don’t think it’s Harry Lloyd since he has no connection to Douglas Booth.. I’d settle for Christian Cooke, he has that kinda tortured look in his eyes that I always imagined for Alec to have, and Christian Cooke has the looks for it, except he needs to get rid of the beard.

  9. Christian does seem to be the most likely out of all the options I’ve considered. He has worked with Harry Lloyd, maybe that’s where they got him from.

  10. Harry Lloyd can’t be Alec.He is too old to be Alec.

    • Yeah I think that too. My money’s on Christian Cooke. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! 🙂

      • Agree! Harry Lloyd will have turned thirty before the movie comes out, he’s too old, and he looks too old.. so it seems to fall on Christian Cooke, but in the end I’m sure we’ll all be surprised by the out-come… probably none of the actors we’re mentioning here!

  11. Yeah,we have no other option…

  12. I am thinking it could be Christian Cooke now because of the nails for Ed and the interesting for Douglas, but I didn’t know who Christian Cooke was before he was mentioned as an option. Based on Cassie’s hints, I thought he would be a little more well known than that (like Douglas Booth or Ed Westwick). But then again, you all clearly knew him, so maybe I’m out of the loop…

  13. Oh no i dont see Ed Westwick as Alec… at all ! but right know i will just search for hot british actors with dark hair and hope i might see someone fitting those descriptions

    • that’s exactly what I’m doing, but the only solution I can find is Christian Cooke.
      I don’t want Ed Westwick either… he actually said he was interested in the part of Jace when he read for City of Fallen Angels..
      But Ed Westwick is way too much known for Chuck Bass. If he’s casted as Alec, I’ll end up calling him Chuck while watching the movie ..

      • xxacanthe // June 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM //

        I cross my fingers for Christian Cooke! He looks so sweet, hot and vulnerable!
        And i just dont see Ed, like that at all! And he is, as you say, Chuck Bass all the way

    • beckycharliee // June 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM // Reply

      I don’t see him as Alec at all, he looks to… depressed?

      • ohh noo u didnt!!! // June 21, 2012 at 5:08 AM //

        say what?? r u serious about life ??HE IS AWESOME u cant expect people to look “HAPPY” 24-7

      • beckycharliee // June 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM //

        Of course people aren’t happy 24/7. That ^^^ was my way of saying “I don’t think he’d suit being Alec” ’tis all.

  14. I do not want to think on Ed Weswick as Ale, It can be depressing, and I bet we will all to lose our bets…
    So exiting!

  15. beckycharliee // June 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM // Reply

    I love Jemima West for Izzy, she’s going to be great but I don’t think any of the men mentioned in the comments that could possibly be portraying Alec don’t live up to my expectations. They seem a little too square (that makes sense to me) although Christian Cooke looks like he would know what he is doing if he was accepted for the role of Alec.

  16. What about Tom Wisdom? He and Logan Lerman are in movies with Douglas Booth.

  17. By the Angel! if Christian Cook is Alec that would be awesome!! Oh Lord! please hear our prayers and may we all drool and swoon over Christian until the end of time! ❤ ❤

  18. Christian cooke will be on romeo and juliette along with douglas booth and ed westwick hence the nail examining and “interesting” comment. I’m pretty sure it is christian cooke.

  19. I think its ed westwick… and who is christian cooke?

  20. What about Sam Claflin? He was in Pillars of the Earth with Douglas Booth and he’s British.

    • could be a possibilty, I wouldn’t mind him, but I’m still hooked on Christian Cooke, cause’ he has a connection to not only Douglas Booth but also Ed Westwick and he is british too!

  21. Colin Morgan!

  22. twilight hater no.1 // June 21, 2012 at 5:05 AM // Reply

    we’ve already found the perfect alec all we need is the perfect magnus and this movie will be a hit everybody will like “twilight what”?? when this comes out and robert and kristen are gonna be long forgotten

  23. What about Logan Lerman?!??!?!?!?!?!?!

  24. Maybe the connection would be that Douglas Booth and Ed Westwick are both in the upcoming move Romeo and Juliet!

  25. Christian Cooke please….

  26. yeah, i’m hoping it’s christian cooke and not ed westwick. And Cassandra said tht ” He and Jemima are going to be gorgeous siblings” and christian and jemima look more alike than jemima and ed…….
    i also think tht sam claflin looks more like simon than alec and harry lloyd looks more like sebastian/jonathon.

  27. christiana // July 1, 2012 at 3:52 AM // Reply

    why not Ed Westwick? He is very good actor and man, he have charisma and sharm.

  28. i hope it is Ed

  29. Looks are important but I think acting is what people should be more focused on! Make up can always improve people’s looks for the character. All I want is a good Alec who play the part well! 😀

  30. Sam Claflin. They are both British, and were in “The Pillars of the Earth” together. He’s be great as Alec. Although, rumor has it he’s going to play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire.

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