With production on The Mortal Instruments television show set to get underway in May, that means that we’ll soon be hearing casting announcements about the actors coming forth to portray Cassandra Clare’s characters on the small screen.
While a hot topic surrounding the show has been casting – most specifically regarding the cast of the movie – it’s almost guaranteed that different actors will be cast in the small screen adaptation. But I’ve seen weirder things so you never know. But it still seems unlikely that the film’s cast would reprise their roles on the small screen. Television and movies are two different mediums. The same characters can appear on both avenues, just look at DC Comics on TV and in the movies; they are separate universes that share similar characters that are not linked to each other.
So as we wait to learn the identities of the actors who will be portraying our favorite characters on television, who are currently being cast, we thought we’d continue our dream casting with our lovable Simon Lewis.
Here are our top three actors we’d love to see portray Simon:
1. Robert Sheehan
Okay, so yeah while the odds are stacked against us with the whole movie cast coming over to the television series, we’re still holding out hope that the folks in charge will give Robert Sheehan a call. Do I even need to elaborate? He’s done television before (hello, Misfits), but most importantly he’s already proven that he is Simon, with his portrayal in the movie. He’s got the perfect mix of humor, charm, nerdiness, vulnerability and caring that makes Simon, well, Simon. So why wouldn’t he be interested in another opportunity? And if he is interested, why wouldn’t those in charge of the television show reach out to him?
2. Devon Bostick
If Robbie Sheehan can’t be Simon then Devon Bostick sure as hell could be. He’s got he look, the charisma and the talent to pull Simon off. He also has experience working on a Young Adult television adaptation, as he plays Jasper in The CW’s The 100. The character he plays has a little bit of Simon in him — he starts off as the funny guy but evolves into something so much more. Devon even expressed interest in portraying the character in our audiobook interview with him. Is this meant to be or what?
3. Carter Jenkins
So Carter Jenkins is kind of like the wildcard in our dream cast. When I was thinking about who else could be Simon, looking through photos, when his face came up it was like, “Duh! Of course, Carter Jenkins.” He’s someone who’s been around for awhile in both movies and television. He’s got the Simon look, the attitude and the experience. So…how’s he look in glasses?
Who would you like to see cast as Simon in Shadowhunters?