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David Castro Cast as Raphael in ‘Shadowhunters’


Shadowhunters has found its Raphael!

David Castro has been cast as vampire Raphael Santiago in ABC Family’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, the network announced today.

Raphael is described as “an elegantly handsome, well-dressed vampire” who “is ambitious and cunning, aspiring to lead the New York vampire clan.”

“David brought a real blend of charm and menace to his audition and I’m excited to have him,” Cassandra Clare told TMI Source, Fangirlish and Mundie Moms.

“I originally saw David audition for a different part, but his energy carried over. He brings charm and menace to Raphael, I can’t wait to see him interact with the others!”

This will be the first live-action appearance by Raphael, who didn’t appear in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Here’s the press release that went out:



Burbank, CA (June 4, 2015) – ABC Family has cast David Castro (“Red Zone”) as Raphael. It was announced today by the network. Castro will be a recurring guest star on the series.

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

An elegantly handsome, well-dressed vampire, Raphael is ambitious and cunning, aspiring to lead the New York vampire clan.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG. McG will also direct the first episode. The network has previously announced Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood for the role of Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.

Shadowhunters is currently filming in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

What do you think about the casting?!

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18 Comments on David Castro Cast as Raphael in ‘Shadowhunters’

  1. Mrs. Carstairs // June 4, 2015 at 12:35 PM // Reply

    Yassss! He’s so beautiful

  2. Jaceismine // June 4, 2015 at 12:40 PM // Reply

    Why is the Shadowhunters’s cast so hot?! *___*

  3. Yes! I´ve been waiting for him since the Malec casting and now here he is.
    From the picture he seems like the perfect Raphael ❤ . And the description of him is spot-on

  4. YASSSSS!!!!! They actual are including him this time!! And he could definitely be Raphael!

  5. He doesn’t look 14 whoops.
    *enter replies about how they aged up the characters blah blah hate hate*

    I’m really excited though. I’ll probably explode soon.

    • Not gonna hate- gonna agree! He’s great but not the little angelic boy I wished for.

    • He’s 19, so not too far out, but appearance wise he looks older.

    • i totally agree!!! I know they aged up the characters and im fine with that but raphael is still supposed to look very young like they couldve made him idk 17 ish so hed still be noticably younger than the rest, but still aged up? idk. it doesnt matter to much i mean this guy looks like a good raphael and stuff i just wouldve prefered the young angelic boy i have been imagining in my head lol!

  6. he is perfect, man I am so excited for this show

  7. Saraphina // June 4, 2015 at 4:05 PM // Reply

    He makes me wanna date a vampire… forget the Cullens XD
    him and Simon ❤ ( when Simon was a vampire) -drools- X3

  8. Candlequeen // June 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM // Reply

    Oh my….. they really should rename the show to hothunters !

  9. He’s perfect! Just like the Raphael I had in mind 😍❤️

  10. hazelwoodbane // June 4, 2015 at 10:00 PM // Reply

    hot, hot, hot!! weeew! really, is the title of this show shadowhunters? more like sexy smoldering hot hunters!!!
    great job guys!

  11. YAY!!! RAPHAEL!!! I’M SO GLAD!!!! He looks awesome and I’m so glad they’re including him in this time!!!

  12. ErenLovesMalec // June 5, 2015 at 5:36 AM // Reply

    They aged him up .-. Tho I still want the original age, 14/15 y.o., to be what is in the tv, I think he looks good 🙂

  13. He already looks like Raphael. When I first saw him I would guess his name to be Raphael.

  14. He’s really handsome but I kinda think he looks too old to play Raphael, I mean he was only like 14 years old, still like the actor tho

  15. I swear, with the cast so far, this show could light a fire!! 😉

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