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The Mortal Instruments is a series of best-selling books written by American author, Cassandra Clare. In them, we follow the story of female protaganist, Clarissa "Clary" Fray, as she discovers that she is a Shadowhunter - Nephilim born with Angel blood.

In 2013, the first in the series of books, "City of Bones" was adapted into a movie, tentatively named "The Mortal Instrumens: City of Bones". It's safe to say the film wasn't too much of a hit. It was as this point, that news of Television Series started to swirl. Could the Shadowhunters possibly make their small screen debut? One questioned remained on everyone's lips,

Would the old cast reprise their roles for the small screen?

No. No they would not. With the confirmation of a Television Series, set to premiere in early 2016 and aptly named "Shadowhunters", came the news that we'd all known was coming. The old cast would not return, and we would instead see all new versions of the much loved characters.

Fan-Casting Begins
Fan-Casting Begins

The fan-casting began, and whilst there were a few new additions, there was still a fair amount of fans, who wanted to keep the old cast as is. Of course that wasn't to be, and we soon found out just who exactly our core cast members for the show really were.

Shadowhunters Television Series Cast


Dom as Jace credit goes to K Design.
Dom as Jace credit goes to K Design.

Vampire Academy alumni Dominic Sherwood, who last year played fire-wielding Moroi, Christian Ozera, is taking the leap over from film to television to star as main character, and core cast member, Jace Wayland (Herondale, Lightwood, I mean honestly at this point, either name will do.)

The fan-art for Dom is coming in leaps and bounds, the decision to cast him was brilliant. Many Vampire Academy fans know that he did a fantastic job playing Christian in VA, and with the two characters (Christian & Jace) being so similiar, it's obvious he'll do an amazing job for Shadowhunters.


Katherine McNamara, the 19-year-old actress known for her role as Harper in MTV's "Happyland", is no stranger to television. With singing, acting and dancing under her belt, the young actress is a triple threat, and joins the Shadowhunter cast as Clarissa "Clary" Fray, opposite Dom Sherwood.

Fun fact: She also plays Sonya - the leader of group B, in "The Scorch Trials" (based on a Dystopian Young Adult best-selling series by James Dashner) due out later this year. Check her out in the trailer HERE.


The adorable cutie pie (I can no longer remain objective) that is Alberto Rosende, an actor known for his role as Carlos in CBS' "Blue Bloods", made the transition from crime drama to the world of Young Adult Fantasy to play Clary's BFF and student, Simon Lewis.

Alberto is a relative newcomer, in that other than his role in "Blue Bloods", and a listing for a short film on IMDb, not much is known about him. Other than that he is adorable and more than perfect for Simon.


The stunning Emeraude Toubia, an actress who previously auditioned for and was on Model Latina (essentially ANTM), would be making the jump from modelling to the small screen, ready to play Isabelle Lightwood for ABC Family's Shadowhunters.

The actress is every bit as gorgeous as her book counterpart, and whilst she, like Rosende, is a relative newcomer, there's no doubt in my mind that she'll do a brilliant job.


Matthew Daddario, an actor most recognised for his role in 2013's "Delivery Man", is making the transition to the small screen, and upping the stakes with a core cast role as Alec Lightwood. Shadowhunter, BFF to Jace, and love interest for Magnus Bane.

Fun fact: Daddario is no stranger to playing a gay character, his character in "Delivery Man" was also gay. Roll on the Malec!


Harry Shum Jr, the hottie and Glee Alumni known for playing Mike Chang, is probably one of the best castings yet. Not only do we know he's brilliant, but in taking on the role of Magnus Bane - The High Warlock of Brooklyn and love interest to Alec - the potential for him to push himself as an actor, and...well, possibly also do a lot of dancing as per fan request, is easily achievable. He has the looks, now all we have to do is wait to see if he has the attitude.


Isaiah Mustafa, the guy most commonly known as the "Old Spice" guy, from the commercials, is actually also an actor and formel NFL practice squad wide receiver. He's had roles in "Horrible Bosses" and "Madea's Big Happy Family", and now joins the cast as Werewolf and close friend of Clary's Mum, Luke Garroway.


Canadian actress Maxim Roy (pictured above, left) takes over the role of Clary's Mum, Jocelyn Fray from "Game of Thrones" actress, Lena Headey (pictured above, right) who previously played her in the movie. Not much is known about Roy, and unfortunately there's no video or message to the fans from her yet, nor is there any fan-art for her just yet. But she will be playing a pivotal role in the series, and only time will tell whether she's better than fan favourite Headey as Jocelyn.


Alan Van Sprang, the Canadian actor most known for his role as King Henry on the CW's "Reign", will jump from the CW over to ABC Family, to play antagonist Valentine. Or as Van Spran likes to call him, "Valenteen".

The above video, a message from Van Sprang to the fans filmed on a Potatoe, gives us a glimpse into what he may be like as Valentine. That and of course, any Reign fans will know that he plays bad, very, very well, and is a great addition to the cast.

And that for now is it, at the moment, the cast have been in training, getting their Shadowhunter workouts on, and Katherine recently transitioned her hair back to it's normal colour for Clary. There are still a few smaller characters left to cast, but the core cast is done. Filming starts in around a week in Vancouver, with the series set to premiere in 2016.

p.s it's always hard to find artists pages when scrolling through fan-art, so if you recognise any art here as your own, or someone else's let me know so i can give credit where credit is due. Links to DeviantArt /Tumblr pages /Websites etc. :)


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