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Godfrey Gao cast as Magnus Bane in ‘City of Bones’

We finally have a Magnus Bane.

Cassandra Clare announced that Godfrey Gao has been cast as Magnus in the upcoming film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

So after an exhaustive search during which many, many hot Asian men were considered by the casting director (her job, so painful), the director, and the seventy-odd other dudes who have to sign off on this kind of thing, I can confidently tell you that our Magnus may be …


Which is only fitting for Magnus, of course.

Our Magnus is:

Godfrey Gao.

You cannot take a bad picture of this guy. It is impossible. That is probably why he is a supermodel as well as being an actor.

It’s raining on Magnus!

Godfrey is, in addition to being all gorgeous and stuff, super-talented (his audition was awesome), loves the books, and is, like Magnus, ridiculously tall. 

He is also super-nice — we emailed briefly and he said “I’m half Indonesian, because my mom is Peranakan Malaysian And my dad is Shanghainese – Soo hopefully the fans will like me playing Magnus!”

Oh, I don’t think there’s any worry about that! But if you are as happy and excited as I am, tell Godfrey! He’s on twitter at and he’d love to hear from you. 

Meanwhile, I am off to compose a letter to whosoever may be playing Alec.

Dear So and So,

Here are some pictures of Magnus. Please feel free to send me a fruit basket. My address is …

Godfrey joins the cast of Lily Collins (Clary), Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace), Robert Sheehan (Simon), Jemima West (Isabelle), Kevin Durand (Pangborn) and Robert Maillet (Blackwell).

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

What do you think of Godfrey as Magnus? Sound off in the comments!

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104 Comments on Godfrey Gao cast as Magnus Bane in ‘City of Bones’

  1. Love love love! And he’s nearly 6’5 and that’s like perfect. Now we just have to see who Alex is so I can determine how shippable they are. I’m very excited.

    • Hello kitty // July 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM // Reply

      I completely agree with what you said. And me too!!:) Can’t wait!

    • Shut up I hate your opinions its people like you that ruin this experience for the rest of us.

      • Well haters gonna hate. While I respect your opinion, I’m afraid I’m going to have to disagree with it. Neither Hello Kitty nor I (not sure who you’re talking to) did anything to ruin this experience. In fact, I believe our excitement is adding to it.

  2. Can’t wait to see him all Magnus’d out with the cat eyes and glitter and maybe some color in his hair.

    • Cat eyes- you can barely see his eyes. And adding glitter to this non- magnus would shrink his eyes even more!!! It would barely seem fit.

  3. tiffyyabmerr // July 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM // Reply

    I’m a little bit “aww boo-hoo it’s not Shannon” but this sure works 😀 !! YAY!!

  4. will he be growing his hair out because I think in my mind, his hair is a lot longer and spiked up a lot more.

  5. Never Trust This Duck ;) // July 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM // Reply

    Yeah in my mind I thought his hair went to his shoulders or something, But other than that, He looks pretty good for the job xD

  6. I hope they update alec today.
    My day would be then perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  7. Not what I imagined, but after seeing his picture, my mental image of Magnus just sort of morphed into him 🙂

  8. Great casting!!

  9. Love Love Love him. He IS pretty hot! Also. He might have his hair longer than it is here. B/c I can’t imagine these are very recent pictures of him. But who knows. Im not worried about how long is hair is as long as it is glittery and such.

    • He MUST grow his hair out, it has been said that without the gel and glitter his hair goes to his shoulders (I think it was COA when Magnus comes out of Luke’s shower smelling like Clary’s grapefruit bodywash :D)

  10. Has anyone noticed on the last pic, if you shave off the facial hair and grow his hair out, make it have silver highlights, he looks like Jem?

  11. As far as looks were concerned, Magnus was the one character I worried about casting the most. I’m shocked how perfect this guy is! Now we just have to see him act.

    • Perfect I beg to differ! I don’t think you know the definition of perfect- perfect is one that fits the needs of all not just your pansy ratty self.

      • Are you seriously so lonely and immature that you’ve taken to trolling on the internet? Do you not have anything constructive to do with your time? Why not read a book, take a walk, something except for this nonsense!

  12. Perfect! Wish the other casting decisions were this much of a no-brainer for me, lol. And I love Cassandra Clare’s comment:

    Dear So and So,

    Here are some pictures of Magnus. Please feel free to send me a fruit basket. My address is …


  13. omfg he’s perfect omfg

  14. Oh my hairless God…who the heck is this guy? I couldn’t find information enough, besides, doesn’t is he too old?…I am going crazy. Definitely.

  15. Hot, Sexy, Perfect. They must’ve auditioned every Asian actor. What a great choice! The casting director is amazing. Yay!!!


  17. Kyaaa!
    I must say that he is peerrrfect! ❤
    It's official now, i'm even more in love with Magnus than ever! ❤

    Great choice! 😀

  18. I just went online for a second to check Cassie’s blog, and when I saw this I screamed out loud! He is PERFECT!! I can’t wait to see him with his hair a little longer, some color, and A LOT of glitter!!!

  19. Soo I was super set on Shannon as Magnus.

    Then I saw this guy.

    Yeah, I’m pretty much in love.

  20. Hes CUTE 🙂

  21. Am I he only one that does not see it? AT ALL!!

  22. *Am I the

  23. So Magnus is hunkier an more masculine than Jace ?!? LOL!!!
    The casting of Bower becomes more and more pathetic !

    • I never thought Jace was supposed to be really muscular, and Jamie is bulking up slightly. If they cut his hair a bit, I think he’ll make a great Jace. He’s a great actor too, so he isn’t pathetic. I really, really like him.

    • Agreed.

    • Mortal Instruments fan // May 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM // Reply

      Lol I’m soo with u yet I still kind of love Jamie

  24. Am I the only one who is completely glad that I’ve never heard of him before? I never wanted Shannon or Lambert … but this? This was unexpected! In an amazingly amazing way! ❤

    • I actually liked the surprise too, and the Adan Lambert idea was simply pathetic but, I still think Godfrey is a little too old, and that is worrying me…in the case we get the entire sequel.

      • Just read he was born in 1984.

      • Justine // July 20, 2012 at 7:31 AM //

        i think his age will add a bit of wisdom to his acting

      • Rebe girl I totally agree!!! He looks older than the directer- Harald Zwart!!! By the time the movies are finished he’ll look like a 50 year old AND HERE i THOUGHT MAGNUS WAS IMMORTAL!!!

      • Mortal Instruments fan // May 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM //

        I’m ok with hes age. More with the fact that Kevin Zegers ( Alec ) is the same age as he is

  25. He’s about 28. But in the books Magnus is 300 or 400 years old. He looks young but there’s an air about him that makes him look older and he’s tall! I like the fact that I have no idea who this guy is. Hope we find out who Alec is ASAP.

  26. PERFECT!!!! :)))
    Alec would be Ed Westwick, I’m 100% sure about it… 😦

  27. I’m SO happy about this casting. Also that he’s Taiwanese! All the girls in my school have at least half a crush on him. They practically fainted when they found out that the actor playing Magnus was the same nationality as they were. 🙂

  28. I love Ed Westwick:* He is perfection! I want him for Alec, please…

  29. I don’t understand why you did not want Ed Westwick? He is a wonderful actor and man, have you seen him in other films apart “Gossip girl”? Have you seen “Chalet Girl “, or “100 Feet “, or “Californication”? He is attractive, has the charisma and style.

    • I just can’t see him as Alec. His face is just…not right. I also get a kind of jerky arrogant vibe from him. I’m not saying that’s how he is, that’s just the vibe I get. And I have seen him in gossip girl, and the whole show left much to be desired, but I admit I have not seen any of the other things he’s been in.

  30. .omahgawd I thought if they didn’t cast Adam Lambert as Magnus I’d be bummed,but turns out it’s like “love at first sight” with Mr. Gao!!! Love him!

    • I know, Adam Lambert would have been perfect. He sparkles already and he has the wardrobe. Maybe they can hire him as Magnus’ personal costume designer.

  31. Thank god! Glitter and cat eyes, they’d better suit him

  32. So damn uglyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. I do not see magnus at all–wtf!! I feel like killing myself there are only few other intelligent people who agree with me!!!

    • Dear Sir/Madam,
      Why are you so angry? This is just a movie; Godfrey Gao is not really Magnus in real life. In no way will this casting decision affect your day-to-day life. If you don’t like it, then do not see the movie. There’s no need for name-calling and there’s no need for hating. Please calm down. Thank you.
      With all due respect,

      • Its just you I don’t like. Shhh!! It would be best for us all.

      • Oh, you don’t like me? T_T what do I do! After all, my whole sense of self revolves around whether random strangers on the Internet like me.

      • You guys are fighting for no reason, to be honest I find you both gallant for expressing your opinions- but this is the internet and there are a lot of crazy people out there. There is no need for name- calling “Bucky”..OK so stop being malicious, don’t judge the movie until you’ve seen it u cant wait a year.

      • Mortal Instruments fan // May 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM //

        Komi I totally agree with u

    • You’re very fucking stupid and racist. Go fuck yourself and shut up, ok? 😉

    • Jamie Campbell hater // August 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM // Reply

      Guess what? I don’t see that ugly and femenine Jamie Campbell as Jace too.So how about you go kill yourself

  33. I’m sorry but I do not see Magnus in this guy. He is more fitting to be perhaps let’s say a fellow shadowhunter in the movie. He just seems so much muscular than in the book. I always imagined Magnus to be on the lean side ?

    • Well yeah, I do see where you’re coming from, but he could always loose a bit of weight. A month is plenty of time.

      • Yeah that is true, but I just do not really feel so, but hey everyone has their own opinions.

    • Yea right. When I imagine Magnus I see a lanky guy (b/c hes super thin) that moves with great agility and swiftness. Muscles just doesn’t compromise it doesn’t even belong. Is magnus even asian? I barely remember -_”

  34. Putting that aside, I am so going crazy over Alec !!! Mannn….I hope they notify us soon as to who will play him. The anticipation is killing me!!!

  35. If they make him look the way he does on the first pic with cat eyes glitter and a bit colorful hair he’d be literally perfect. Hopefully he can pull off the lanky wise look, he’s gorgeous, the hottest guy I have EVER laid eyes on. I love Asians and I love Magnus Bane he’s my favorite character, and so I love Godfrey Gao :3 I pray for breathtaking acting from this dude, sure seems like he can pull it off…

  36. Godfrey GAO is perfect enough said!

  37. OMG I love Godfrey Gao!!!! I have seen him act before and I can definately tell you he is one of the HOTTEST guys on earth!!!! Can’t wait to see him as Magnus!!!

  38. I think he’s perfect!!! If i were cassandra he’d be my # 1 choice too.:)

  39. I really hope the movie gets huge boxoffice hit or else this will be the only movie that we can see/watch Magnus/Godfrey and Malec in action and in their full glory. All the best for the movie. ^^

  40. love love love him!!!!!!!!!!he’s too perfect doesn’t matter what he plays

  41. Mortal Instruments fan // May 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM // Reply

    Godfrey is exacly like I picture the high warlock of Brooklyn: super hot and tall. I’m still waiting to see a super pic for Malec, which ouths to be Kevin Zegers and Godfrey Gao.

  42. Mortal Instruments fan // May 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM // Reply

    Damn I’m in love with both Magnus Bane and Godfrey Gao. Which now is perfect because now u can kind of say they are the same person

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