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Movie Monday #29: Jace playing piano

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We are less than a year away from the theatrical release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the hype for the adaptation of the internationally best selling series by Cassandra Clare will only continue to grow as the release draws nearer.

I’ve banded together with other Mortal Instruments fansites (TMI InstituteMundie Moms,TMI Examiner and TMI News en Espanol) for a weekly feature called Movie Monday.

Each Monday leading up to the August 23, 2013, release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, we will take a look at a scene, moment, detail, etc. and give our opinions on how we think it will be interpreted in the big screen adaptation.

Week 29: Jace playing piano

Alyssa, TMI Source: This is such a small moment in the book but it’s also one that is so special. When Clary walks in on Jace playing piano we get to see a softer side of Jace, as well as some cute flirting between our two leads. We’ve already learned that this scene has been filmed and that Jamie Campbell Bower plays a specific Bach piece, which I assume is for this scene, (swoon!). But whether or not it makes the final cut remains to be seen.

Amber, TMI Institute: “Jace was seated at the grand piano, his slender hands moving rapidly over the keys. He was barefoot, dressed in jeans and a gray T-shirt, his tawny hair ruffled up around his head as if he’d just woken up.” Here is one of the very first tender moments we get of Jace in the book. He doesn’t realize Clary is watching him, thinking about when he carried her in his arms to safety.

This short scene is super cute, with Jace flirting with Clary. “Our own Sleeping Beauty. Who finally kissed you awake?” I believe this scene could be played out well and in its entirety on the big screen. We’ve been told Jamie plays Bach in the film, and my assumption is that it is for this scene. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the very musically inclined Jamie Campbell Bower showing off his skills!

Katie, Mundie Moms: I love the scene with Clary walking in on Jace playing the piano. I feel like it’s a moment where we get to see this softer, vulnerable side of him. He lets his guard down. He’s comfortable being himself for a moment.  It’s not something I excepted him to be able do, but I felt we get a glimpse of the real Jace here. Not a snarky, angst ridden Jace. Given Jamie’s musical back ground I’m even more excited to see this scene. I believe Cassie or someone tied to the TMI movie’s filming mentioned Jamie playing Bach, or a classical piece for this scene. Honestly, I don’t care what he plays, because seeing Jamie play Jace and the piano all at the same time is going to be outstanding. I think this is going to one of those scenes that will impact movie goers in some way. 

Natalie, TMI Examiner: I really hope this scene remains in the theatrical adaptation of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.’ I believe that it a great moment for developing Jace’s character. It successfully shows the softer and more artistic side of Jace. I also believe that this would be a great performance opportunity for Jamie Campbell Bower. He is a musician so this is an area where he can really put himself into the role.

Tita, TMI News en Español: When Clary wakes up at the Institute’s infirmary, and finds herself in a new and unknown place, once Izzy tells her where she is and leaves her alone, Clary goes around the place until something stops her. Music played by a piano. Who is playing that piano? Clary finds out that Jace is the one playing it. Are we going to watch this scene in the movie? All indications are that yes. Bach Concerto – Goldberg Variation is the song that Jamie Campbell Bower himself learned to play in order to do it in the movie. Isn’t it amazing? But as we know, a movie it’s not done until it’s almost in the cinema, so, just cross our fingers and hope that this part is going to make it to the big screen. 

What are your thoughts? Are you hoping this scene makes it into the movie? And just how excited are you about seeing Jamie playing the piano? Join in on the discussion!

Check back next Monday for the next edition of Movie Monday.

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10 Comments on Movie Monday #29: Jace playing piano

  1. I’m very excited for this scene and it has to make it into the movie. It is the first time we see that there is a softer side to Jace.. I also think that it’s important as mentioned in the development of Jace’s and Clary’s relationship. Plus it really wouldn’t be fair to Jamie if he learned this for nothing if they decide not to put the scene in. Since he is musically talented this is also an opportunity for Jamie to show fans some of his talent. I’m crossing all fingers and toes and anything else that this scene is kept in the movie.

  2. KikilovesJace // December 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM // Reply

    I’m over he moon. And I’ll swoon in the movie thethre. 🙂

  3. I really think that they will leave this scene in the movie. It is such an important little look into the true Jace, his many facets that come out in the later books. Also the fact that Jamie is playing the tune will be just magical. I do not see how they can or will leave this out.;

  4. It’s a vulnerable side of Jace and the curious Clary. I have no idea what scene they can really leave out of the movie. I read the book over and over and over again. No movie isnt complete without the entirety of the book but hey, I’d give anything to see this scene with Jace and Clary at its purest moment when they get to know a side of each other.

  5. TeamEdwardJace // December 10, 2012 at 3:54 PM // Reply

    jamie and jace playing piano? swoon! I also hope they leave this in the film. it’s important and it does show the softer side of jace and there is some cute flirting like the said

  6. You can listen to him playing on the Madame Dorothea’s Tarot Card Reading site.

  7. i LOVE JACE…

  8. I think this scene will be good because its skittle break from all the action and drama, where you learn a lot but not a lot happens. Also the soft side of Jace is a very important side of Jace. They should show it, not tell it

  9. I dearly hope this scene makes it into the final cut! I still remember that this was the part of CoB book where I thought “Aaah, right….there *is* much more to Jace than meets the eye and I am so glad!”. It’s pretty much at that point that I was sure I was going to fall in love with Jace Wayland! 🙂

  10. I really hope these scenes make it into the final cut – those little details made us fall in love with the story even more 🙂

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