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RUMOR: Kevin Zegers cast as Alec Lightwood in ‘City of Bones’

Just Jared is reporting that Kevin Zeger has been cast as Alec Lightwood in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

There is no official confirmation at this point so it is a RUMOR until otherwise stated.

Kevin Zegers has booked a leading role in the highly anticipated film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, can exclusively reveal!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is based on the first book in the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare. The story follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, who finds out the truths about her past and bloodline after her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon. Her entire life is changed on her quest to get her mom back.

Kevin, 27, will play Alec Lightwood, the gay brother of Isabelle (Jemima West). He is in love with Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and dislikes Clary because Jace is in love with her and not him. The film is scheduled to be released on August 23, 2013.

Other entertainment websites (Collider, Shock Til You Drop, Cinema Blend) have also reported this, but have all  cited Just Jared as the source, so there is no official announcement from the studio.

UPDATE: Cassandra Clare took to her Tumblr to address the casting rumor.

And yes, I know there are casting rumors swirling and you want to know whether they’re true or not. Unfortunately I can’t confirm or deny (and I was hoping to get out of this without sounding like Nixon) at the moment. Hopefully this Dark Suspense will not last too long….

Stay tuned as more updates unfold.

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53 Comments on RUMOR: Kevin Zegers cast as Alec Lightwood in ‘City of Bones’

  1. Well, if it is TRUE, I wonder what happened to the British actor that was in for the role? Scheduling conflicts maybe?

    Anyway, Kevin Zegers is super gorgeous! Love him. He would not disappoint me if he is for sure playing Alec. Too bad he’d be playing a gay character in the movie *sigh*…

  2. This old man, god I hope not. But looking at pictures of him younger, he did look like Alec, but he’s too old now.

    • You know, I have to agree. He looks much older than a teenager. Really, that’s the only unfortunate part, IF he will be playing the role. Hopefully though his great acting and handsome looks would make up for it. =)

  3. Two words! Hell No !

  4. I believe it. JustJared are pretty reliable for this kind of thing as publicists provide information to them sometimes. Probably Zegers people released the info to them. Why would JJ even waste time making this up?

    I think they will be aging some of the characters up. Only Lily,Jamie and possibly Robert can pass as teens . Lily can easily pass for a teenager as she looks extremely young but I do think it’s funny that she is currently the youngest person of the ‘teen’ cast at 23!

    Brittany: I think the other actor must have fallen through probably becasue of those aforementioned scheduling issues.

  5. That’s great news. I have seen Kevin in a few different roles and he is sexy and smart and sweet. He can show strength, selflessness and passion very well. He is very good looking… This picture does not do him justice. He will make a very fine Alex, if this casting rumor is true.

    • Mrs Michaela Herondale // July 27, 2012 at 9:40 AM // Reply

      Alec! The name’s Alec!

      • Well Hello… His name is ALEXander Lightwood. Check facts befote you correct someone. Alec is the nickname so theres nothing wrong calling him Alex.

      • yes there is because he gets called alec!!

      • Raquel Shusette // January 10, 2016 at 10:43 PM //

        Ya… There is something wrong calling him Alex because Alex and Alec are different even though his name is Alexander. He only likes it when one person (which I won’t say who) calls him Alexander and everyone else calls him Alec… Not once was he ever called Alex, because it Alexander going by Alec not Alex. I feel likei repeeted myself a lot, but it needed to be said.

  6. TerriJenZo // July 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM // Reply

    Cassie said he was a British actor, Kevin is Canadian and proud of it, I don’t think Cassie would be confused about that…had Cassie not said previously that he was a british actor, I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed with Kevin, he looks like Alec, but he doesn’t look 18. Anyone else remember him from the Air bud movies growing up?

  7. Well, I wouldn’t be too terribly disappointed if this was true. He looks very much the part, if a bit too old.

  8. MagnusBanefan // July 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM // Reply

    He looks way to old. To me, it screws up the chemistry and depicts a totally different relationship if the actor they cast for Alec appears physically older than the actor they cast for Magnus. Plus, Jace and Alec should look like they are close in age (only a year or two apart). This dude looks 5-10 years older than Jaimie.

    • Annoyed at Movie // March 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM // Reply

      Even if Kevin looks old, Mags looks wrong too.

      First of all, in the 1200s no Caucasians were in contact with Indonesians. So Magnus cannot exist.

      Second, as proven in many cases (Chinese movie stars and some friends)
      ==>>>1/2 Asian 1/2 Caucasians look CAUCASIAN WHEN THEY’RE A KID.


      When they get OLDER then they start looking Asian. Very Asian.

      I’m always so disappointed by moviemakers.

      They never realize light travels faster than sound.

      They don’t realize F=MA.

      And they (almost) always pick the stupidest books. AKA TWILIGHT.

      So stupid the all the actors seem like superficial / lust-ridden / uncannily single-personality / bastards.

      And what’s w/ Bella first being an ANTI-MARIE SUE (Omg she is so ugly, she’s clueless, but guys think she’s cute, and she’s a clumsy hag, and now some hot HUNK just HAPPENS to fall in love with her, and just HAPPENS to have a taste for her blood.)
      And then being a MARIE-SUE? (Omg she’s hot now, and is incredibly smart, and is faster and stronger than Edward, and has amazing self-control) LIKE SHE’S SO FUCKING SINGULAR NO ONE’S EVER HAD STRONGER WILL.

      The actors are WAY better than the characters, and I hope they did not suffer fatalistic brain damage from even attempting to act such retarded characters.

  9. At first I was thinking…WHAT?!?! No! He’s too old to play 18 year old Alec! I’m 30 and I know Kevin’s been around for a while. But…then I went through all his google images and… good lord I didn’t even realize how gorgeous he could look! I’ve only really seen him in a few movies and always remember thinking he was cute, but some of those pics…WOW! I do agree with other comments that the younger pics do scream Alec with the dark hair and blue eyes, but I’m not really sure which pics were the more recent ones.
    With all that being said, sadly I think this is a rumor and I doubt that he has actually been cast in the role.

    • Annoyed at Movie // March 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM // Reply

      Yes he is amazingly hot in the pics. I mean, his other pics may not be hot, but… THE ONE’S FOR TMI SURE ARE. And though I DO love Gao, moviemaker’s never know how to get things right. ❤

  10. Mm im not sure bout kevin I hope they can make him look younger I luv alec so I hope he can acted his part really well

  11. Phwoarrrrrr yes please.

  12. TeamEdwardJace // July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM // Reply

    i think he may be good maybe great but he is old. they may have him to look younger

  13. TeamEdwardJace // July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM // Reply

    make him

  14. Sam Claflin is the person I think Cassandra was linking with Douglas Booth. He’s British, and models. He’s rumored to be cast as Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. I think they’ve had to research other possible candidates- hence this new guy, Kevin Zegers. Let’s hope she lets us know who it was they were linking with Booth, regardless if he gets cast or not.

  15. I’ve seen him in a few things. He’s a good actor and good looking. But have to agree that he looks a bit too old and also have to point out that he’s 5′ 9″… pretty short for Alec. He’d be shorter than Jamie and Robert…

  16. Uhhh… What? No, just no..

  17. No!, thank God this is only a rumour, besides, I remember Cassie saying that the actor playing Alec would be British and it would have some connection with Christian Cooke?, well…something like that.
    Kevin is too old, maybe a few years ago he was perfect, but not anymore.
    I do not know, I am a bit scared now…

  18. He does have beautiful blue eyes though and a nice face. Hmm….wonder who Luke will be and I hope Church gets cast.

  19. Impossible.
    Not that I dont like him, Good lord he;s hot. But he is too old to incarnate Alec Lightwood. Alec is 17 for Christ sake! And this dude is 10 years older. For the first movie, he may look okay, but in 3 or 4 more years when City of Glass gets filmed, he’ll be and look way too old for the role. And Hollywood magic my ass.

    • Annoyed at Movie // March 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM // Reply

      Maybe the later one’s won’t be good… but, some people keep looking youthful. We can all hope!

  20. I agree with you, guys ~
    He is super hot, super handsome!
    But he looks older than 18 years old ~ I can’t visualize him like Alec 😦
    Besides. when i imagine him with Magnus… i don’t know it doesn’t feel right ~
    But we must wait and see!


  21. Dragoness101 // July 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM // Reply

    no it cant be him. he is to old. i agree with Natalia Belikov, they could ‘possibly’ make him young enough for the first film with a stretch. but in time for all the films, that all happen within a year of eachother? No way he will look way to old. He is cute, i totaly agree with that but he is no Alec. And he is not british. just saying. BETER NOT BE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. I love Kevin Zegers, he’s a good actor, but he is a little old. I can see it for the one movie, but what if they end up making all of them? By the time COHF starts filming he’ll be playing an 18 year old in his thirties!

  23. Gianna Lim // July 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM // Reply

    No! Alec is GABRIEL HUGOBOOM! look in IMDB its there!


  25. he looks too old for the part!

  26. I dont believe it ! Cassie always confirms these things when she gets the chance, and now she didnt? It dosnt make any sense… I dont believe in this “Just Jared” person

  27. MagnusBanefan // July 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM // Reply

    Cassie saying that she can neither confirm nor deny at the moment leads me to believe that the rumors may be true but that she still can’t confirm to us because it’s not official yet. So if that’s the case, I guess I can get used to it and just trust that with the right makeup and costuming he will look an appropriate age. As long as Cassie has faith, I have faith too.

    • Annoyed at Movie // March 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM // Reply

      Yay I agree! Even though the author doesn’t really have influence on the cast. (Clary was never meant to look like that. I always imagined Izzy, and everyone else differently. I also was always under the impression Magnus was a skinnier, taller, goldener (skinned), and more Asian-eyed version of Adam Lambert. 😀

  28. Catherine Valentine // July 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM // Reply

    well its a rumor. cc said alecs actor was british. hes not the right age if they do try to make the other books by the time their done he’ll be 30. i wuld expect the REAL actor wuld either not be heard of yet or exprienced in playing a teen. everyone is getting info from this ‘just jared’ guy well he might just be hoping this. and if it is true cassie probaly wuld not have said.

  29. I just found someone I think would make a good Alec: Devon Werkheiser from Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. I’m not sure how well he acts nowadays though. But he’s 21, his eyes are blue (i think) and he’s 5’9.

  30. I’m the only one, who wants to be Ed Westwick Alec? 😦

  31. He’s cute and all, and 26 isn’t THAT old, but he looks kind of mature. Like I don’t know how to explain it. He doesn’t look old, he jusy doesn’t look young.

  32. Never Trust This Duck ;) // July 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM // Reply

    Oliver Jackson Cohen would be horrible as Alec ^
    And the Guy they chose is just horrible He way to old! The Only similair thing they have in common is the eyes!
    He might of fit the picture perfectly when he was younger but now, He is Nothing Like Alec. x_x

  33. Please, Please, Don’t let the casting ruin this movie, Like it did with twilight, PLEASE!

  34. Oliver Jackson-Cohen is great as Alec! He fits perfectly. He is cute and gorgeous! Try to see this link: There are alot of pictures there. From 2007-2012

  35. Wrong! He’s too old but he did get the role. Jeez, why do they pick 30 yr olds to play 17 year olds?

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