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Meet the Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers is Valentine

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the latest actor to join the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Cassandra Clare confirmed Rhys Meyers’ casting as evil Valentine Morgenstern on Thursday night to the surprise and delight of fans.

Curious about the newest member of the Mortal Instruments family? Get ready to Meet the Cast!


Background: Born July 27, 1977 in Dublin, Ireland

Character: Rhys Meyers will portray Valentine Morgenstern, a powerful and insane Shadowhunter bent on making the world pure at any cost. He also has a secret involving leads Clary (Lily Collins) and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower).

Known For: The Tudors, Mission Impossible III, Match Point, Bend It Like Beckham

Upcoming Projects: Dracula

Did You Know: Rhys Meyers thought of joining the priesthood when he was a kid.

Cassandra Clare’s Take: “I’ve liked JRM since he was in Velvet Goldmine and I have to admit that image was what sprang immediately to mind when the producer called me and said “…Jonathan Rhys Meyers?”…So yes I should probably also mention that JRM plays Henry the 8th on The Tudors, and does a very good job of being charismatic, power-hungry, and cold.”


Lily Collins (Clary Fray)

Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland)

Robert Sheehan (Simon Lewis)

Jemima West (Isabelle Lightwood)

Kevin Zegers (Alec Lightwood)

Godfrey Gao (Magnus Bane)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Valentine Morgenstern)

Lena Headey (Jocelyn Fray)

Aidan Turner (Luke Garroway)

Jared Harris (Hodge Starkweather)

CCH Pounder (Madame Dorthea)

Stephen R. Hart (Brother Jeremiah)

Kevin Durand (Emil Pangborn)

Robert Maillet (Samuel Blackwell)

While casting is complete, there are still other roles to be announced. Other castings to note that are upcoming: Raphael and Alaric.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones begins filming around August 15-20 in Toronto and is slated for an August 23, 2013 theatrical release in the U.S.

What do you think of Rhys Meyers’ addition to the cast? What is your impression of the cast as a whole? Sound off in the comments!

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6 Comments on Meet the Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers is Valentine

  1. Who’s Alaric again?

  2. *sigh* i remember when the “official cast list” only had two names…..
    now look at it!! 🙂

  3. TeamEdwardJace // August 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM // Reply

    wow the cast is growning and i’m loving it! i think that jon will be great and he’s close to valentine’s age

  4. I am in love with the casting director of this movie. Awesome cast, especially the adult characters. Lena, Jonathan and Adrian are perfect for the roles.

  5. Just finished my Mission Impossible marathon and I’m really excited to see JRM’s performance as Valentine.

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