In a new article from The Star, stars of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Kevin Zegers, along with Constantin Film’s Kat Kleiner, discussed filming The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes in Toronto at the end of September.
“It’s wicked that we’re green-lit for movie two. Green-lighting any sequel is a gamble. But we have made a great film and it’s wicked that we get to go back and make possibly another great film,” said Jamie Campbell Bower, who stars as demon-battling Shadowhunter Jace Wayland.
“It’s very rare that a sequel will go into (pre-)production when the first film is not even out yet. It’s given us a huge boost of confidence,” added Lily Collins, who plays the film’s heroine, Clary Fray.
“We are confident in the strength of this franchise and fans are extremely loyal, committed and supportive. We are excited about the opening of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and look forward to the sequel . . . which begins filming next month in Toronto. We are knee-deep in prep,” said Kat Kleiner, head of international marketing and publicity for Constantin Film.
Lily also talked about what separates Clary from other YA heroines.
“It’s not a romance; it’s an action adventure where there is romance. But she (Clary) is not defined by men and I think some of the other franchises have been all about the romance. That doesn’t draw in a new audience, especially with men. You want to draw in the dudes as much as the girls,” Collins said.
“I love that (Clary) is this normal, vulnerable, confused girl but at the same time a bad-ass, strong, empowered young woman and that mixture of the two in a heroine was for me the ultimate dream to play,” Collins said.
Lily, Robbie and Jamie talked about their experience filming City of Bones in Toronto last year.
“That kind of gave us our first taste of the fandom. It was just amazing. We hadn’t even shot the movie and they (fans) were already there to support us,” Collins said.
“My preconception of the city, having never been here, was that it was a little plain Jane. Is it a little bit closed after 10 p.m.? But I just had a whale of a time,” said Irish actor Robert Sheehan, who plays Simon.
“I love the city. It was dope. We had an amazing time,” added Campbell Bower.
Kevin Zegers talked about the physical challenges he faced filming City of Bones.
“It was like shooting two films. You shoot the character stuff, but you have this other whole aspect because Harald wanted us to do all of our stuff, including fighting. It was non-negotiable,” Zegers said.
“We had to learn to not just fight but fight well . . . and you’ve got to look a certain way,” he added.