Cassandra Clare’s bestselling fantasy series is being adapted by Harald Zwart as a feature film. The story centers on Clary Fray (Lily Collins) who is the only one that sees a mysterious boy named Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) murder a demon at a club. Later Clary gets a distressing call from her mother and discovers her mother was taken by a demon from their home. In her quest to find her mother, she discovers the truth about her family and bloodline. Her mother was a Shadowhunter. The Shadowhunters are Nephillim, human-angel hybrids who fight against demons and are the human worlds invisible protectors. Shadowhunters also must keep the peace between Downworlders who are human-demon crossbreeds such as vampires, warlocks, werewolves and faeries.
Here are the cast of characters from the movie:
Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) is Clary Fray. She lives with her mother Jocelyn in Brooklyn. Clary is unaware of her mother’s past and her family’s legacy as Shadowhunters. All becomes clear to her when she meets Jace Wayland.
Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight: Breaking Dawn) is Jace Wayland. His father died when he was ten. He lives with his adoptive family, the Lightwoods at the New York Institute. Jace is one of the best Shadowhunters of his generation.
Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl) is Alec Lightwood. He lives at the New York Institute with his family, which includes adoptive brother Jace and his younger sister is Isabelle. He is very weary of outsiders.
Jared Harris (Madmen) is Hodge Starkweather. He is a professor of history with extensive knowledge regarding the Nephillim and Downworlders. He is a trusted mentor and tutor to Alec, Jace and Isabelle at the New York Institute.
Robert Sheehan (Misfits) is Simon Lewis. He is Clary Fray’s best friend since the first grade. He gets sucked into this world because of his concern for Clary and his desire to protect her.
Lena Headey (The Game of Thrones) is Jocelyn Fray. She is an artist living in Brooklyn with her daughter, Clary. She wants to protect Clary and keeps her Shadowhunter existence a secret from her daughter.
Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) is Luke Garroway. He is Jocelyn’s closest friend and a father figure to Clary. He has always secretly loved Jocelyn.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) is Valentine Morgenstern. He is a powerful Shadowhunter who is a leader of a group of warriors known as The Circle. His agenda is to wipe out all Downworlders and leave the human world unprotected from demons. He is the common enemy of both Downworlders and Shadowhunters because of his radical ideas.
The movie is set to come out August 2013.
Watch behind the scenes featurette from MTV at Philly Cinephile.