Saturday, August 17, 2013
I got a chance to meet the two leads and the author from the upcoming movie The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones - Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Cassandra Clare.
This is the latest in young adult fantasy fiction to capture the imaginations of those who long for a world of magic, monsters and mortal danger.
In 2007 author Cassandra Clare introduced young adult readers to the reluctant warrior, Clary Fray (Collins), in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the first entry in what would become a fantasy-adventure empire. In Clare’s carefully constructed magical world, a young woman finds herself surrounded by warlocks, vampires, werewolves, demons—and the mysterious Shadowhunters, a hidden race of angel-human hybrids who secretly protect humankind from the ultimate evil. Gifted with great strength and magical abilities, the Shadowhunters have been protecting the human world against a demonic take over since the Middle Ages. The Shadow World is not an alternate universe, it's present day, only most humans or “mundanes” as people are referred to in the novels, just don’t see it or the non-human-kind all around them.
Actress LILY COLLINS is best known for her role as Snow White in Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts. A role fitting her amazing poise, flawless skin and enthusiasm for life. And it would seem fans of The Mortal Instrument books are just as pleased with her playing the heroine Clary. Here's an video excerpt (1:11) of Lily discussing what she loves most about her character:
Actor JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER plays Jace Wayland, Clary's Shadowhunter love interest and guide into The Shadow World. Campbell is best known for his role as Caius in The Twilight Sagas. I was quite impressed with Jamie's charm and affability. Here's a video excerpt (1:48) of him discussing fans reactions to his being cast as Jace:
Author CASSANDRA CLARE seems to be enjoying the ride, while keeping true to her work. She didn't just turn her book(s) over to producers, she's been consulted from pre-production to post-production, working closely with director Harald Zwart and screenwriter Jessica Postigo Paquette.
“It’s been quite a journey from the kernel of the idea of the book to the production of the film,” Clare says. “And it’s been surreal. When you write a book, you hope maybe someday it’ll be a movie, but you don’t count on it. I still can’t quite believe it!”
Here's a video excerpt (2:33) of Cassandra discussing the mythical folklore for the books:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Opens Wednesday August 21st
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