Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joining 'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'

August 7, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

Jonathan Rhys Meyers / Mortal Instruments

Since the Showtime drama series "The Tudors" kept Jonathan Rhys Meyers busy the past few years, his appearances on the big screen have been few and far between. Besides a leading role in From Paris with Love and a supporting role in Albert Nobbs, the actor has mostly been absent from film since 2008. However, with "The Tudors" done and a "Dracula" TV series on the horizon for the man of Ireland, he's taking the time to fit in some film work before returning to the small screen. Heat Vision has word that Rhys Meyers will join the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on Cassanda Clare's book.

Looking to spawn a new film franchise, the first book in the series follows a young woman (played by Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins) who discovers she is the descendant of a secret cadre of half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons. Rhys Meyers in in talks for the role of Valentine Morgenstern, described as a powerful but insane Shadowhunter looking to make the world pure at any cost. Sounds like a fun role for the actor who has delivered solid performances in films like Mission: Impossible 3 and Match Point.

The film is supposed to begin production this month in Toronto with The Karate Kid remake director Harald Zwart at the helm. It doesn't sound like the adaptation is quite as high profile as The Hunger Games, but the books are quite popular, and with The Twilight Saga coming to an end this year, the kids need some new fantasy in their lives. Plus, it doesn't hurt that "Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey and "Mad Men" star Jared Harris are part of the cast. Plenty of young adult fantasies have failed to follow the footsteps of Harry Potter, but maybe this won't be one of them.

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