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Cassandra Clare addresses Alec’s (future) casting

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Despite the excitement yesterday brought with the addition of three new cast members to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, with the additions of Lena Headey, Jared Harris and Godfrey Gao, fans are still anxiously clamoring for news on the casting of Alec Lightwood.

Clare’s Tumblr inbox was packed full of questions about the blue-eyed, black haired Shadowhunter’s casting, so she addressed the fandom’s concern:

I love you guys, and I completely understand being frantic to know who Alec is. I didn’t realize when I started writing these books how utterly beloved a character he would turn out to be. Jace has the fiery heart, but Alec’s always had that gentle soul —he’s Lawful Good, but he’ll always put his family first. And he’s so easily hurt that I think people hurt when he hurts. He’s our blue-eyed baby.

So I totes get it, and all I can say is that I can’t tell you, because there isn’t anything to tell you. Most of the cast is cast, the rest is subject to negotiations that are ongoing. I can’t start throwing around random actor names that I think are in negotiations: it’s illegal, and not useful (everyone freaks out, either in a good or bad way, and then – boom! – it’s not true anyway.) Plus, if I did that, the studio would stop telling me anything (wisely, as I would have proved to be totally untrustworthy) and I want to be there to tell you when casting stuff happens. I know you trust me, and I know you know IMDB is useless: if I post something I want you to know it’s 100% true and absolutely gonna happen.

I know Alec is a huge number of people’s favorite character: I know there’s a huge level of anxiety that he be the gorgeous, sexy, strong guy you know from the books. The casting folks have done a fantastic job so far so all I can say is cross your fingers, quietly repeat “Alec will be a beautiful sexy blue-eyed* BAMF” and lo, perhaps it will come to be! (And soon.) I know that’s what I will be doing!

*If they cast a dark-eyed actor I do believe they will try for blue contacts; not all actors can wear contacts and work, so it depends who gets cast, but they do know that the blue eyes are an important plot bit.

With filming on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones slated to begin on August 20 in Toronto, the casting announcements of major characters Alec, Valentine and Luke are on the way.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be released in theaters on August 23, 2013.

Who would you like to see play Alec? Sound off in the comments!

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34 Comments on Cassandra Clare addresses Alec’s (future) casting

  1. Not Ed Westwick. I can’t stand him. I feel like only an unknown would be able to pull off Alec because we would have nothing to judge Jim on that would take away from the character. He’d just be Alec. I seriously hope he has gorgeous blue eyes. If only I had a deaging ray, then I could use it on Gaspard Ulliel.

  2. Alec and magnus forever!!!! // July 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM // Reply

    did they forget madam doretha? she was a major part of the book

  3. I love Cassandra Clare. She cares so much about her fans, and making sure that the movie stays true to the books.

  4. I want Ed Westwick for Alec!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Am i the only one who doesn’t like Ed Westwick as Alec? I keep seeing his name pop up as Alec, and I just cant see it.

      • JaceisAwesome // July 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM //

        He should NOT be Alec!! Hes horrible! Hes too old and just completely WRONG!!!

  5. I just can’t see comments like this:( Ed Westwick is perfection for me.

  6. I’m hoping they will cast a relative unknown for Alec. It seems like whoever CC was hinting about back when Jemima was cast has fallen through. But so far the cast is FLAWLESS so I’m sure the casting director will pick someone great 😀

    No thank you to Ed Westwick. He is an awful actor, unattractive and too short for 6’1 Alec. I hope he will stay far far faaaaaar away from the TMI movies.

  7. thank you for comment, I dont understand your aggression, believe me, you are wrong

  8. To be honest I think they’d be LUCKY to get Ed Westwick. But haters gonna hate.

  9. Ed Westwick for the role !!!!

  10. vajoliroja // July 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM // Reply

    One person’s view of awful and unattractive is another’s view of great and handsome.

  11. Catherine Valentine // July 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM // Reply

    if i were all of u who r hopping for a certain actor i wuold not get my hopes up. chances r it will be some1 u dont expect.

  12. Pleeeease be Christian Cooke!

  13. No Ed W. Yuck!

  14. Of course it would be Ed Westwick. You will see! 😉 Unfortunately…. 😦

  15. Ed Westwick would be a horrible and awful Alec. It is a fact! He’s nothing look like Alec discribed and he’s a BAD actor and not good-looking, sweet and blue-eyed as Alec should be.

  16. *described

  17. ed is handsome and good looking. i love him so much

  18. and his acting is great!!!

  19. It was Sam Claflin, right? He’s got connections with Douglas Booth in Pillars of the Earth and modeling. Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire has him listed as Finnick Odair. If that’s true, he would have been a great Alec, and why the hold up.

  20. Catherine Valentine // July 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM // Reply

    i wonder if david tennet could be luke he is a spectacular actor and my mental image of luke
    i think the guy who plays lucius malfoy inharry potter would make a good valentine
    i also think colin morgan would make a different alec someone no one is routing 4.
    these are the people who fit my mental image for each character.

    • I never really thought of Colin as Alec, but now that you mention it, he would add a certain something to the role. But he is a bit too lanky and those ears too…but I could see it.

  21. sydrian luvr // July 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM // Reply

    i think that nick hoult would be AWESOME fo alec. even though TMI’s people are saying that he isn’t alec. you’ll see

  22. ~TMI & TID Fangirl~ // July 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM // Reply

    I heard that Gabriel Hugoboom was cast as Alec,but it could be just a rumor.

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