Elyas M’Barek has landed a role in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES.
Executive producer Martin Moszkowicz confirmed M’Barek has been cast in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES on Twitter Wednesday morning.
Here is the report from THR:
COLOGNE, Germany – Elyas M’Barek, one of Germany’s hottest young actors, has been cast as a vampire in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the adaptation of Cassandra Clare‘s best-selling fantasy novel, which Harald Zwart (Karate Kid) is directing.
A veteran of German TV sitcoms, M’Barek became one of Germany’s biggest box office draws with his starring role in the cross-culture romantic comedy Turkish For Beginners, in which he plays a stereotypical German-Turkish macho.
The film was a huge hit from producer/distributor Constantin Film, which is also producing The Mortal Instruments. The fantasy film, which stars Lily Collins as an ordinary girl forced to fight demons to rescue her mother (Lena Headey), is currently shooting in Toronto. Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand and Jonathan Rhys Meyers also star.
UPDATE: Cassandra Clare confirmed that M’Barek’s role of “Vampire Lieutenant” is not Raphael, but a different character altogether.
Here’s what she had to say Raphael’s absence in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES and M’Barek’s role:
Well, this is different casting — the previous casting was done by Stephanie Corsalini, but this casting was done by Constantin’s Toronto office. I don’t actually know anything about the three actors that were announced today. I don’t know any of their previous work and I haven’t seen auditions or anything like that. I had dinner with the guy playing Alaric, Harry van Gorkum, while I was in Toronto. He was very nice.
As for Raphael/The Vampire Lieutenant/Elyas m’Barek, what I’ve been told is that there wasn’t space enough to properly introduce Raphael. Raphael, after all, is not the vampire who actually captures Simon from Magnus’ party. They’re different guys and it was felt there was not room for both. (This isn’t a decision I made or have any control over — when you give over your movie rights you have to accept that decisions about how to adapt your books will be made without you. Scripts are also rewritten up until shooting, and even rewritten on set. They are never final until the film is done shooting.) So Elyas will play TVL, who is a composite of the vampires in the NYC vampire clan.
Raphael won’t be in this movie but they hope to introduce him in City of Ashes, as he does play a bigger and bigger part in each book. I’m sad not to see Raphael sooner, as I know you all are, but I hope when the time comes he will be introduced in a way that does him justice. There are a lot of talented Latino actors out there who would be great for the part.
Meanwhile, I’m glad to see my German fans responding well to the casting of the lieutenant of our absent vampire leader, and glad that the actor cast was one of color since the NYC vampire clan is a diverse group.
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