Lily Collins Will Lead Scott Stewart's 'Mortal Instruments' Movie

December 10, 2010
Source: Collider

Collins / City of Bones

The Oscar nomination for her performance in The Blind Side likely did wonders for Sandra Bullock's career, but it looks like one of the lesser known supporting actresses will soon step into the spotlight. She should get some more attention with a role in Scott Stewart's upcoming adaptation of the comic book Priest, but now Lily Collins (who played Bullock's daughter) is lined up to lead an adaptation of her own. Collider learned Collins will play Clary Fray in adaptation of The City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Interestingly enough, Scott Stewart will also be directing this adaptation. Read on!

The series spans a trilogy of books, but it sounds like Stewart's adaptation will only be of the first installment. Here's a rundown:

When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires.

This young adult novel doesn't sound all that thrilling from the description, and frankly, more vampires and werewolves only turns me away from the story even further. However, if the trailer for Priest is any indication, director Scott Stewart may be able to bring something unique to these classic movie monsters. At 21-years old, Collins is slightly older than her 15-year old character in the books, but since she was able to pull of playing a high school age girl in The Blind Side, the age boundary shouldn't be an issue. The story could easily be adapted for a slightly older female anyway. Anyone interested?

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  • S
    Sooo....Harry Twilight and the Mortal Cup...
  • mrswinchester2489
    The book is 100xs better than that summary. Don't let the word "vampire" or "werewolf" turn you off. Clary is no Bella and Jace is no Edward (or Jacob). Plus there's a great supporting cast: Simon, Isabelle, Luke, Magnus, and Alec are all awesome. This book series has got a large fanbase :) BTW, why is every fantasy story that is set in the real world Harry Potter and Twilight now? They are not.
  • Xerxex
    Just the way it goes #2, people can no longer differentiate between one fantasy and another...Twilight has put the hardcore fans of Vamps and Werewolf's off, and who can blame them?
  • tom
    Bullock not only got an Oscar nomination but also Won the Oscar.
  • Rosalyn
    I agree with mrswinchester 2489, the book is much more exciting and great read with plenty of action, it's not even about the romance but the action. I hope they can do justice to the character's of Jace, Clary, Magnus (my favitore characters). The wolves and vamps are not the story or in it that much.
  • caroline
    These books are so much better than that summary makes them sound, and the vampires and werewolves are not Twilight-esque in the least. This isn't a series about vampires and werewolves, but there are some in them. But these books have a lot of great action in them, and they also have me laughing out loud sometimes, plus great romance. So don't judge them yet, they really are great books. I jsut hope if they make a movie, it won't ruin the story. It needs to be well done.
  • dRailer
    Gah, going to go with #3 on this one... the story sounded pretty interesting until I got to those magic words.
  • ally
    Horrible choice for clary! The casting directors were probably blind when casting her the part!
    • Y??
      I agree 100%!!!! lily Collins is just stupid. She looks nothing like how I imagined Clary. And she's just old looking.
      • sarah
        The casting Directors can't get into your mind and see your picture of Clary, and Lily Collins is a great actress. You can pass your judgment after the movie but you don't know until then how they'll make her look like. A lot of things are possible with movies.
  • Camille
    She doesnt even look like Clary! I hope they don't screw this up like they did for Twilight! Books are awesome but if the movie if crapy it will be a joke just like Twilight has become.
    • magnus
      how the hell do u even know what clary looks like? , theres no pictures of her in the books
      • Kala30001
        Well if you learn how to read a discription you might be able to get the picture. "Magnus" Ha.
      • num nums_yuichi12
        there is something called 'description' and 'imagination'.
    • MagnusIsAwesome
      Ditto (I hope the don't screw up Magnus or Alec like clary **hyperventilate **hyperventilate)
  • K.P
    hahaha i like Camille's comment haha. I dont this she was a bad choice, but i was hoping for some1 sort of off-the-street newbie :) can't wait for the movie 😀
  • Kourtney
    City of Bones is not just another vampire and werewolf story. They take part in it but they are just part of a world that has them all. They aren't the main fantasy theme. Its what they call the "Shadow Hunters" which are Half angel's half human so to speak. Also known as Nephilim. This story also includes all sorts of fantasy characters, faeries, Warlocks, even mermaids. Similar world as some other stories but a new main. Something New and Awesome :)
  • PinkFruitPunch
    City of Bones etc is nothing like HP or Twilight... much better than the latter and possibly just as good as the former. I especially like Magnus Bane.. as well as Alec.. not to mention... well, yeah..
  • Kala30001
    Shes a beautiful girl but is not right for the film shes obviously older than and 15 doesn't fit the part at all. Horrible choice and Mortal Instruments is my favorite trilogy and whom ever came up with this actress is ruining what could be an excellent movie.
    • num nums_yuichi12
      lily is 22 years-old.And i agree with you!
  • Payton Loves Mt
    These books are absolutly nothing like twilight. Their full of action, humor, suspence and just a tiny bit of romance. I really hope that they don't screw this movie up and I really hope they stick to the book. But this actress is so wrong for this part.
  • anon.
    its barely about vamps. and werewolves, its no twilight,
  • Bang(:
    This is my favorite series EVER and Im afraid the movie isnt going to do the book justice :/ it'll totally kill it... But seriously these books are like an orgasm to your eyes 😀 I hate all that twilight crap, it sucks balls compared to the mortal instruments....
  • Vincent112233
    can't wait till the movie comes to theaters
  • Christyramirez95
    alex pettyfer is the perfect jace in my mind, and the clary chick looks pretty with red hair, i never really had a good mental pic for her anyways. i just want someone with lots of talent, not someone who cant act....cough, cough "twilight"
  • donna
    The description sounds like the book. However, if they don't change it up severely "AKA" Percy Jackson if you've watched it then read the book you know what I mean they will have a successful movie or franchise. I've watched twilight & I Am Number Four they pretty much stick true to the book.If they so this with Mortal Instruments I think it will succeed. Mortal Instruments focuses on more than vampires & werewolves just pick up your copy from your local bookstore or library & read to find out for yourself. There's something for everyone in it..
    • red1
      I cant stand the twilight movies. The acting was completely wooden. It was cast terribly. I cant bring myself to watch them. They are horrible! The love story is completely unbelievable between Robert and Kristin. There is hope with who they have picked for this movie. Lily can act at least.
  • Reader08
    Loved loved loved the books. i hope they dont flub this like they did with twilight
  • RedTulip
    The Trilogy was amazing! There really isnt too much talk about vampires and such, its more on Valentine. & thats all Im going to say cause I dont want to ruin it. PPL go read them - brilliant teen novel. I only hope that Alex Pettyfer makes playing Jace Wayland <3 official. I hope she does well, although I think she's wrong for the part.
  • So, the Mortal Instruments Series: Absolutely amazing. Ive read them several times and never get tired of it. Its amazing. A movie would be AMAZING! Although, the character of Jace better live up to my every expectation :) he is absolutely amazing<3
  • Lil_bumblebee_23
    (I love all the twilight haters... good to know there is ppl who understand what a tru vampire is : D) It is weird all of my favorite series are getting turned into movies so far none of them are turning out good like Percy and the Olympians where the story got lost in the action... this is a great book and I can picture it turning out to be a great movie if they know what they can take out and what they have to keep in. there is a lot of info and action they have to get into a 3 hr long movie I hope they can pull it off!!! but this is a amazing world that I would love to see... I can see the glass city being all most as beautiful as Pandora off of avatar!!!! P.S. in the first book they don't say much at all about werewolves or vampires so I hope that helps ppl see that this is nothing like twilight so when they get to the parts where vampires and werewolves are in it more no one is turned off by both
  • Lil_bumblebee_23
    .... both vampire and werewolves being in the same movie. I just wish we could learn more about the movie all ready all we have really heard is who is going to be clary we need more come on hehe
  • MagnusBaneIsAwesome
    Magnus bane is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
  • Frodolita
    Loved this series. It stands on its own without comparisons.
  • Jace<3
    Everybody seems to think that Lily isn't right for the role. Why!? Give her a chance i think she's a great actress. I would have wanted her to play Katniss in the hunger games movie, but she can be clary also. She's not going to look like that in the movie, they can do wonders with makeup and colouring her hair. Isn't the most important thing that she can actually act, unlike kristen stewart?
  • num nums-yuichi12
    They shouldn't have turn this into a movie, the only thing that they'll do is ruining my image for the characters!!! Lily Collins shouldn't play as Clary she is way to old (22 years-old). Alex Pettyfer another one (20 years-old). they have actors that are too old then they should be for the characters the are playing as!!! And if this "movie" turns out to bad, I'm going to criticizes it all the way down no matter how much i love it!! Same thing happen with Percy Jackson, they killed it!!! The only book that i read,love and turned out to be good is the Harry Potter's movies!And another thing: Adam Lambert as Magnus Bane is just an insult!!! Mangnus is way hot to be played by him. Plus Magnus is part Asian!!! Adam is just BLAH!
  • Mario73937
    for those who think that lili collins shouldn't play clary simply cause of her age then you might aswell not say anything at all. there's such a thing called CGI, and for those who dont know thats computer generated images. so, incase you haven't been able to completely read between the lines, they can make her look younger. besides if you really loved reading the books shouldn't you want for the story to reach a greater fan base, there's always going to be haters for whatever reason. i bet there's even some now cause they didn't like something in the book. anywho, i for one think that clary will be portrayed fairly enough by lily, cassandra clare even stated that herself.
  • red1
    I always imagined Magnus looking like Adam Lambert. All the make-up and the clothes he wears fit the look for me.
  • not impressed
    i wish they weren't making a movie. i love the books and they always ruin it with the movies.




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