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New MORTAL INSTRUMENTS still revealed in EW’s Summer Preview issue

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is featured in Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Preview issue, which hits newsstands Friday, as well as lands a mention on the issue’s cover.

A new still, featuring Jemima West (Isabelle), Robert Sheehan (Simon) and Lily Collins (Clary) was revealed in the feature.

New still

In the feature, Lily talks about being a fan of the series prior to her casting, as well as how she wants to do Clary justice.

“I felt like I had gotten to know Clary, and I felt so close to her before I knew that I was going to be her.

“I really hope I did Clary justice, because I’m a fan too. I have high expectations of my literary heroines.”

Jamie Campbell Bower, who described Jace as being a “ginormous monkey puzzle,” discussed how he turned to the books for guidance during filming, as well as how the negative reaction to his casting as Jace affected him.

“You’ve effectively been given a Bible. Life can be so much easier if it’s mapped out for you.

“I had to sit back and assess why I was doing this role and it’s because I love it.”

Cassandra Clare sounded off on the negative reaction that came with Jamie’s casting and why it’s not entirely a bad thing.

“I know intellectually when there’s a really strong reaction about someone being cast, it’s great, because it means people care. I’ve seen Jamie play Jace and he’s perfect.”

Pick up the issue, on newsstands Friday, for the full story.

We also learned what other films The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be battling for the box office crown on Aug. 23, including another Kevin Zegers (Alec) film. Though it’s safe to say which Kevin Zegers film we’ll all be seeing that weekend.

  • The Colony (Aug. 23)
  • You’re Next (Aug. 23)
  • The World’s End (Aug. 23)
  • Drinking Buddies (Aug. 23)

Isabelle, Simon and Clary

EW cover

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33 Comments on New MORTAL INSTRUMENTS still revealed in EW’s Summer Preview issue

  1. I really don’t like Issabelle in this still…

    • The Allan Official // April 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM // Reply

      Yeah! I think that too! I don’t like Clary, Isabelle, Alec, JACE!, Clary’s mother… I just like Simon, I really think they could wear better the actors or find other actors !

      • Or … you know what … you could aspire to be a casting director and just hire whatever actors you like . . . Maybe then you’ll be pleased …
        And how old are you? . . .

      • Or. . .you could just wait for August 23 and see if it fits -_- Please, no more hate, there’s no use for it

  2. Robert and Lily are so freaking perfect as Simon and Clary but Jemima isn’t how I imagined Isabelle at all. All the casting in the movie is great to me except the Lightwood bro and sis.

  3. I love the casting too, except for Alec & Jemima isn’t bad just that she’s too short but that’s ok..

  4. I think that everyone in this movie was cast on it for a reason and that’s because they can portray the characters so why don’t you guys try to layoff the Lightwoods

  5. This is grate.. i was very iffy on when i found out who would play jace.. but after hours of watching videos on youtube and watching about every film he was in you couldn’t help but notice the way he carried himself was just as jace did in the books. i have discovered it is more important to get the characters characteristics and i guess you could say swag right first because that is the reason we all fell in love with jace in the first place. i know love jamie alot and am so proud of him!

  6. vanessarake // April 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM // Reply

    I think Jemima looks great here! So strong and fierce.

  7. I like all of them but Issabell she looks to delakit not dont mess with me i can and will kill you

  8. What are people talking about not liking Jemima?!
    Do we see the same pic?? The girl looks EPICALLY BADASS!
    Like a young Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft and abso-f****ing-lutely like Izzy!
    Give her a break and please stop bitching about this and that!
    Open your minds people… Why can’t we all just be happy and grateful for the movie as it is? 😦

    • Agreed layoff of Jemima as Izzy.., Cassandra Clare is happy and ecstatic with all the actors as her beloved characters we should be happy as well with them and not keep judging those people that are gonna bring them to life. Since

  9. Izzy looks so gorgeous here! It shouldn’t matter that shes shorter than Clary you guys, shes still incredibely badass and beautiful and vicious, 🙂

  10. KikiLOVESJace // April 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM // Reply

    Cool! Robert Shennan’s wearing the “Made in brooklyn” T-shirt. From the first chapter in the book! Also, Jemina looks a little bit scary, and also a little bit determined too.

  11. Is there any way to get the full issue, cos I don’t think they sell them here in the U.K. – or at least I’m still looking anyways. is there a way to get one somehow??

  12. teamedwardjace // April 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM // Reply

    i love the whole cast! and great still!

  13. The Allan Official // April 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM // Reply

    I am just not convince about the cast :/ and thats not cool cause I reaaaaaally love the books, they are just not what I imagined, just Simon, Simon is the only one that is just how I thought he would be! The other ones just could be better! But let’s see the movie, maybe they convince me…

    • SHUT UP! SHUT UP! What’s wrong with you people?! Of course they won’t be EXACTLY like the characters! They can’t look like how we imagined the characters!If you won’t be satsified, then fine, then don’t watch the movie and keep reading, beccause no one in the cinemas will have the time listening to your hate!

  14. For the love of…drop the negativity regarding the actors. People, they were hired because of how well they played the roles. So what if they don’t look like how you imagined. Cassandra played a big part in casting, and if she gives the approval, we should support her choices.

    And, after watching both trailers more times than I want to admit, I love every piece of what I’ve seen. This will be great, so quit drinking the hateraid.

  15. Actually, lay off everyone…
    I can’t believe there’s still so much negativity… I don’t get it.
    I’m so hyped about this movie and I love everything and everyone involved, but all this negative criticism kills my buzz… If we, the fandom don’t/won’t support the movie, then how will anyone else?…
    So, spread the world people and PLEASE TRY TO BE POSSITIVE or you know how it goes : “IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY, THEN SAY NOTHING AT ALL” . . .

    • I think the people that keep spreading the hate are those that have no imagination.. Just because a character does not look exactly how they did in ur mine does not mean u have to spread the hate.. OMG nobody will ever fit ur exact for a character because it’s all in ur mind, if I were u I’d worry about whether they’re able to bring the spirit of the characters to life in the screen, which in my opinion they seem to have done

  16. If you don’t like who they’ve casted as the characters, it’s simple, just don’t go see it and stick to reading the books. I’m sure that when you read a book, your vision of the character isn’t the same as someone elses, or even the authors. Could there be better actors out there for the movie? Maybe…but you need to give the ones that were given the roles a chance. I for one CANNOT WAIT for this movie. I hope that they do a movie for all 6 books!!!!

    • Yeah, me too. And no. Everyone who calls themselves a fan, has to see the movie first, then judge all they want. How are we even going to get a sequel?

  17. Yeah, and are not just unimaginitive, which is very bad for themselves, but they’re also mean and hateful, which is not just bad for themselves, but for the others as well… Everyone has the right to their opinion, but HAVING AN OPINION, MEANS THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU.HAVE.WATCHED.THE.MOVIE.FIRST! Ughh.
    It really gets on me and I don’t respect opinions formed for all the wrong reasons (mainly egotistical).
    The movie will come out August 23rd. That’s 5 months from now and people are hating on it ever since the casting news was announced!

  18. Mariam Khalil // April 14, 2013 at 4:50 AM // Reply

    Isabelle looks weird here…..there is something wrong wid her eye makeup…..

    Sent from my iPad

  19. Wow. . .it’s good, except Jemima’s eyes were the first thing that I saw so . . .yeah, I screamed in surprise. But it’s good, I can see the determination. They are all good actors, in my opinion. If you ask me, Jamie’s probably getting all this hate because it was Alex Pettyfer who was offered the role first. To those who read this, please stop hating Jamie. He’s a great actor and handsome too. Why is it you hate him? Is it because he was Caius in Breaking Dawn? Is it because of Alex Pettyfer? Why do you hate lots of those actors? They’re all great. If it’s because of their ages, does it really matter? They look like teenagers, they act like teenagers sometimes. If you keep hating on them and one of them lashes out and quit, the movie we’ve all been hoping for willl be scratched or start over. We’ve all been mulling over the fact it hasn’t gotten a movie yet and now it’s in the works, why can’t you be satisfied? Also, did you know most places such as the Institute and Pandemonium in the set were all made after reading several Mortal Instruments fanfictions? You should be proud they did that and actually thought of making this great book into a film. If you seem unsatisfied with what I just said, you can’t really be a fan of TMI, because Cassandra, the creator of all this, loves each and every one of them. Like when Suzanne Collins said Jennifer was perfect for Katniss and no one believed, we were all stunned at how she pulled it off. And most of that hate was because she was blonde. Don’t judge actors by what they portrayed in the past or if they have different heights, hair colors, or eye colors; don’t judge until you’ve seen the movie with your very eyes.

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