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Harald Zwart talks ‘CITY OF ASHES’ casting, Jace’s eye color and answers more fan questions

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Director Harald Zwart has always been great at interacting with the Mortal Instruments fandom, taking time out of his busy schedule (and putting together The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) to answer fan-submitted questions on Tumblr.

On Tuesday, June 11, Harald, who will return to direct The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes that is slated to begin production in the fall, took to Tumblr to answer more fan questions. Among the topics he addressed were City of Ashes casting, Jace’s eye color in City of Bones and whether or not Church is in the first film.

On when the Norway premiere for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones:

Hey. Yes, it is in Fredrikstad August 23 Come and meet the stars on the red carpet.

On casting and auditions for The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes:

We’re casting in Toronto.

On whether Church is in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones:

We’ll try to put him in the second movie.

On whether there will be an open casting call for Maia Roberts in City of Ashes:

Hi there. It’s a little too early. Anyway we’re casting in Toronto.

On Beth Crowley’s Mortal Instruments-inspired song “Warrior:”

Thanks. I will check it out.

On Mortal Instruments posters for sale:

Not sure. You’d have to ask the local distributor. I know that they are putting up posters that are collectibles meant for fans to grab.

On what color Jace’s eyes will be in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones:

Good question. You get a glimpse of his golden eyes in the movie.

On DVD extras, including Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower’s audition and bloopers:

Great ideas. I’ll mention it to our DVD people.

On the deviation from the books where it says Clary is “chosen:”

Don’t worry. We’re following the book.

Harald also accepted a lot of positive feedback and praise about what fans have seen so far from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is set for an Aug. 21 theatrical release.

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37 Comments on Harald Zwart talks ‘CITY OF ASHES’ casting, Jace’s eye color and answers more fan questions

  1. Is she going to have red hair peitie and have freckles. Like the book Clary

    • If Lily Collins has red hair, is petite, and has freckles, then yes, she will be Clary.

      • No Jessica, of course not. I didn’t reply to you. And I also cannot wait to watch Lily kick some ass! And I hope we do get to see her doing more of that and everything else that makes Clary being Clary in the upcoming films and no I’m definitely not talking about physical appearance…
        It’s just that everything looks so perfect as it is and I’ll keep spreading positive feedback for the movie.
        In fact if we as fans are not hopeful positive and optimistic what good can come of that? What do you think?

      • Jessica // June 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM //

        Okay, sorry. I got confused. -_- Dang it, with finals coming next week I’m so tired/busy. And yeah, Joy I agree with you. Fans should just stick with the director’s decision. They know better than us, and the actors/actresses can get hurt by the complaints. And, yeah, can’t wait to see Lily in action!! =D

      • It’s ok! And good luck with your exams next week! 🙂

    • OK please stop spreading Lily hate all over the place… It’s not the first time you’re doing it. Being rude and judgemental to say the least.
      Be or at least TRY to be happy that the movie is even getting done!
      Is that so hard for you??? And keep your judgement on matters that DO matter like the ACTING and AFTER YOU HAVE WATCHED THE FREAKING MOVIE. It’s ridiculous to say the least judging Lily for her height weight hair color and all the other staff you keep bringing up given the chance.
      GEEEZ. . . The obsessions some people have . . .
      Love you Lily! And Harald! And everything looks just AWESOME! Can’t wait for August!!!

      • Jessica // June 11, 2013 at 9:13 PM //

        Ummm, Joy , if you’re talking to me, I was just telling Heidi that Lily is Clary. And I’m sorry if you took my comment as Lily hate. I actually can’t wait to see Lily as Clary in the upcoming movie and I do not hate Lily at all.

  2. TeamEdwardJace // June 11, 2013 at 7:24 PM // Reply

    harold is so awesome and yay jace has golden eyes possibly. i’ll imagine it’ll be cgi. i still would have loved jace even if they were blue. and i’m glad they’re following the book, but enchancing it too

  3. But… Church.

  4. I can’t believe how great Harald, Cassie, and Martin are about talking to the fans! We are so lucky! And yes! I want to see Jamie’s audition and bloopers!

  5. who is church?, either i forgot or dont know

  6. So happy about the possibility of Jace’s golden eyes! I’m thinking (and please bear with me here) that if, indeed Jamie couldn’t handle wearing contacts in the movie and has they’ve kept his eyes blue, maybe they will CGI them gold during his fighting scenes or whenever his emotions are heightened – like some sort of emphasis on his extra angel-blood kicking in. Maybe I’m way off and my imagination is running wild, but who knows? 🙂

  7. We have the best Director, best cast, and best crew for TMI aren’t we all LUCKY:)

  8. Ze Lover of Jace // June 11, 2013 at 8:38 PM // Reply


  9. Thank you so much Harald. There has never before been a movie director who has taken such time and effort to answer fan’s questions. NEVER (at least that I know of). We have been sooo spoiled by everyone involved with TMI. We are indeed very lucky and we do appreciate and love every little minute of everything!
    Personally I don’t care what color Jamie’s eyes are. He’s got such beautiful blue eyes but I would love them even if they were purple or any other color!

  10. Lydia Herondale // June 12, 2013 at 6:07 AM // Reply

    But really happy about Jamie’s eyes – either way! It would be very cool laura hill if Jace’s eyes flashed gold 😀
    Wait Maia appears in the second book right? And Max, Robert and Maryse? What other new characters do we have? Also, is there a chairman meow, because that’s why Magnus threw the party..
    overall, FREAKING EXCITED FOR AUGUST 21/22! *idk what it is in Australia..*

  11. I just can’t wait like joy said fans need to get behind this movie and stop worrying about ‘details’ like someone’s gripe the other day that lily was 3 inches to tall !!! Come on ….this movie will be great they don’t just give sequels the go ahead before the first is released!!! ‘Have a little faith’ ….do you see what I did there ??

    • Yeah, I was referring to that too. And the freckles or the not green enough eyes or the not red enough hair …. it drives me insane!!!
      It’s not like they cast a hideous appalling alien for crying aloud! And Cassie herself said she was really happy with Lily, then WHY NOT US??? Same goes for everyone else. I just love EVERYTHING so far!


  13. I think as we watch the film we will realise why all the actors were cast but I really can’t wait for Jamie to be jace he was born to play the part he has that quality about him and hearing we will see the golden eyes just makes it even better ….when he talks about jace you can tell he totally gets him ….love him !!

  14. Laura hill // June 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM // Reply

    It just baffles me that out of the thousands of fans, each having their own personal interpretations of how these characters look, walk, talk, eat! That so many expect that their own idea of what the character should be like is right. It’s just freakin impossible find an actor to fit everyone’s DIFFERENT ideas of how thewill be. I for on trust Cassie when she assures us that these actors will be awesome. And am happy that enough people share my love of these books to make this movie possible. ( this isn’t directed at anyone just a random rant). 🙂

  15. I love Church! how about Chairman Meow though? And I can’t wait for casting in Toronto again!

  16. OMG I wish I could be Maia!!

  17. For the City of Ashes audition can you send in a audition tape ?

  18. Lexie Lanier // July 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM // Reply

    Is Church from the City of Bones the Church that Jem Carstairs rescues from the Dark Sisters house in The Infernal Devices or just another cat named Church???!!!!???!?!?!?

  19. Whomever gets to act as Maia is soooooooo lucky. I would of loved to act as Maia in the movies..!:)

  20. One of Jace's Biggest Fans // August 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM // Reply

    I’m so happy to hear about Jace’s glimpse of golden eyes! *clapping* and yes put Jamie’s audition and Lily’s audition in the DVD !! 😀

  21. I need Chairman Meow.. it was his birthday party..

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