After months of speculation and rumors, we finally have our Alec Lightwood.
Clare had to wait until the paperwork was complete and the casting official before she could make the announcement.
So yes, thank goodness, finally, all the paperwork is signed and I can tell you that YES IN FACT, YES ACTUALLY Alec is going to be Kevin Zegers.
Clare revealed that Zegers was one of the first choices for Alec, but due to scheduling conflicts the studio opted to go with someone else.
THR reported that Constantin Film was in talks with Ed Westwick for the role of Alec, which Clare confirmed on Twitter.
Constantin had been in talks with Ed Westwick for the role, but those discussions broke down over a scheduling conflict due to Westwick’s Gossip Girl commitments.
Then Westwick fell through due to Gossip Girl scheduling conflicts and Zegers’ schedule was free.
So in fact the gossip sites got it right but at the time there was no signed paperwork and he wasn’t actually cast yet so — there wasn’t anything I could say. Especially after we already had one Alec and lost him. So really I’ve been ripping out my hair since then. I think there are just pieces left.
Kevin was actually one of the first actors approached to play Alec but his schedule didn’t work with the filming originally so they went with someone else; then the scheduling changed once again and it didn’t work for Alec Mark Two, but did work for Kevin. Such are the vagaries of casting.
Clare has been a fan of Zegers’ for awhile.
I’ve always liked Kevin, since Transamerica, and I had him on my website for Sebastian for ages which is funny in retrospect because now I’ve seen him play Alec so I think he’s much too nice for Sebastian.
Clare said that Zegers’ audition made him stand apart from the other actors.
One of the things I really liked about Kevin was that one of Alec’s audition scenes was the scene where Alec shouts at Clary in City of Bones and tells her she endangered Jace’s life. And a lot of the actors who auditioned played it yelling and really mean so you just thought, boy, Alec. What a jerk that guy is. Kevin played it with a quiet sort of intensity that grew through the scene so you could see through the cracks of the anger and think: wow, this guy is really scared and vulnerable. Because that is the Alec people love.
And as an added plus, Zegers already has those gorgeous blue eyes that are Alec’s signature.
Also he will not have to wear contacts to get Alec’s baby blues because he already has them. Which is just a fortunate plus.
So yes, welcome Kevin!
Zegers expressed his excitement in joining the Mortal Instruments family on his Twitter page.
What do you think of Zegers’ casting? How excited are you to finally have Alec cast? Sound off in the comments!