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So, yes, it's true: Jamie Campbell-Bower has been cast as Jace. I am thoroughly, totally, extremely, and utterly

http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2011/06/01/cassie-clare-on-jamie-campbell-bower-mortal-instruments/

delighted.


Now, most of what I feel like I should say I said in my interview with Hollywood Crush. But a few more notes:

So, as it says in big letters on my website, I don't choose the actors for the movie. There's quite an incredible process of auditioning, and then auditioning for the director, and then finally auditioning with your co-star (in this case, Lily Collins). Screen Gems auditioned an enormous number of people for this part, known and unknown. I first heard about Jamie when I heard from the producers that he had done an amazing read for the director. I don't know how on their radar he had been before, but I know that was enough to have him brought back to test with Lily. And that was the audition they sent me to watch.

Which I replied to with, I believe, the one word unfuckingbelievable. (Sorry for the swearing.)

He was Jace, down to the snark, and the vulnerability, and the humor and the romantic side. (You'll be happy to know one of the scenes in the audition was the "greenhouse scene", and the chemistry between Jamie and Lily was intense.) So then after that I just sat around and hoped they picked him. There were other actors in the mix (names I think you largely wouldn't recognize, at least not in a discussion of the casting for this film) and I wanted Jamie but — beyond saying I liked him, I knew I was the smallest cog in a big machine. For casting a lead role like this, all the producers (there are like eight, nine of them), the financial guys, the head of the studio, all have to agree that this guy is the best.

And they did.

So I feel lucky, kind of in that way where you might if you put a quarter in a gumball machine, hoped for a blue gumball, and got it. YAY blue gumball. But it could have gone another way.

So just to answer some quick questions I've gotten on Twitter, and then everything else is pretty much in the Hollywood Crush article:

1) When did I know Jamie was cast?

Pretty much when you all did, when I woke up and saw all the articles. I called the studio to confirm.

2) Will he be wearing eyeliner and have long hair in the movie?

I had no idea what this was about until I remembered oh yeah, he is in a band, and some of the pictures of him online feature him with eyeliner. Which can be removed. I do it every day! They'll cut his hair, they'll work him out, they'll give him contacts — if you can't imagine how that's going to look, then just think of other movie transformations you've seen in your life. And Jamie is already a tall, blond, hot guy, so he doesn't have that far a road to travel.

3) Who are they going to cast next?

I don't know. My guess would be Alec or Simon but that's just a slightly informed guess.

4) Will it take as long to cast the next characters?

Things should go faster from here on out. We're still in pre-production — things really start blasting ahead in production.

Now I know there will be some people happy about this as I am, and a lot reserving judgement, and some who are unhappy. This is always the way of things with books-turned-movies casting. (I am ancient enough to remember the furor and petitions over Dan Radcliffe and Tom Felton and they were only, what, eleven years old?) You have every right to feel the way you feel and to do whatever you feel like you need to do. No actor choice can possibly make everyone happy, because everyone's personal vision of the characters is their own. And that vision belongs to you, and nobody and nothing should change it. I think when people see Jamie as Jace they'll be happy and surprised as I was. After all, to quote an unnamed person I showed the audition tape to:

"One: you have just won the lottery. Two: He must keep the British accent."

I guess we'll see about that last one. :) It could happen.

I'm away all day so comments are off on this post but you can always post at Hollywood Crush!
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message 1: by Emma (new)

Emma OH NOOOOO (how can I say this in the nicest way possible) He's just not Jace! Sorry but won't be seeing TMI movie. Better luck next time !!!


message 2: by Inês (new)

Inês yey! Did alex pettyfer go the cast for jace?
If yes... Why isn't he with the role?


message 3: by Ivanna (new)

Ivanna Sorry... I just don't see it..!! :( was looking at the other actors for the other characters and I think they will out shine him...! :P


message 4: by Tamie (new)

Tamie Hes one of the Voultori from Twilight. Hope he can pull off the passion as I think we are all aware he is heavly attached to one of the actresses from Harry potter. I really want to see some steamy scenes.


message 5: by Kassidy (new)

Kassidy ummmm NOOOOOOOOOOOOO and tht is in the kindest way that is what i first thought when i saw this i was literally screaming at the computer 5 seconds ago when i found this out. im rlly srry but i just cant see him as jace he looks a little too old and i saw jace with a hard young face the dudes good looking kinda but i dont see it and the accent would rlly annoying me! alex pettyfer srry 2 say it but yeah would have loved to see him as jace IDC if he is number 4! im still gonna se the movie tho b/c i LOVE u cassie! Srry bout the length im an expressive person!


message 6: by Kassidy (new)

Kassidy but hey wats done is done im trusting you cassie. but if this movie is jacked up.... im coming to find you Cassie p.s. i read the interviewed and while im not completley happy i.. im satisfied tht he did jace justice according to the creator of jace!


message 7: by Emilija (new)

Emilija I'm not even going to see the movie now. I don't want to ruin the story and the characters and the way I see them. Because I don't want it to be an another twilight. I thought twilight was alright before the movies came out, now the whole thing seems overrated.


message 8: by Inês (new)

Inês Jess wrote: "Possibly a good choice but Alex Pettyfer would've made a better Jace for me"

EXACTLY


Jenny - TotallybookedBlog seriously? I couldnt think of a worse Jace - totally miscast!! I think the casting on this movie has been a real letdown.


message 10: by Angie (new)

Angie Johnson Well, let me be the first one to say - as soon as I saw Jamie's picture, I thought "Perfect!". He IS Jace. I totally see that. I guess, I am not one of those young folks who had a perfect actor-of-the-moment in mind. I didn't. But now I do. He has the golden coloring of Jace and his intensity is evident just from this picture. If he was in Twilight, I don't recognize him - which I think is a good thing. Great choice and sorry to Cassandra that everyone seems to disagree. I think you "know" Jace better than anyone, and if you see, I am right there with ya. Cannot wait for the film to come out!


message 11: by shay (new)

shay ............................8D YAY.

Yeah, I can't really think of anything else to say...XD


message 12: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7) Alex Pettyfer was in the running but opted not to take the role in favor of some other things. But honestly, after seeing some of the stuff about Alex Pettyfer and his woman-hating ways in the news recently, I had decided that I didn't want him to play one my beloved book characters!

This is exactly what happened in the Twilight fandom when Robert Pattinson was cast, but he ended up being just perfect for the role and if Cassie says that his audition tape was wonderful, then book fans should trust her to know that Mr. Bower can bring her character to life.

I think he's an excellent choice!!


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

i had a crush on Jamie sometime...not anymore but wow as Jace he was the right actor.
Nice one!


message 14: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Meek i think he will do great!


message 15: by Inês (new)

Inês peanutbutterjellyfish wrote: "tammy is right! when i first heard that he will play jace i was like "omg NOWAY!" because when i heard jamie campell-bower, i thought automatically of new moon (i don't like the twilight saga) BUT,..."
yeah... the author wrote the book... if she said that he is good for jace so we must trust her


message 16: by Erika (new)

Erika When I first saw this I was like noway!
I don't think that he is going to be a good Jace. But if the author says she likes him then we have to trust her.
I just hope that this movie doesn't turn out like the twilight movie.


message 17: by Inês (new)

Inês Erika wrote: "When I first saw this I was like noway!
I don't think that he is going to be a good Jace. But if the author says she likes him then we have to trust her.
I just hope that this movie doesn't turn ou..."


Yeah that would be REALLY bad... cause the books ROCKS at the TOP THEY ARE INFINITIVE PERCENT BETTER THAN TWILIGHT


message 18: by Car (new)

Car ohmigodd he is soooo hott to diee for literally. he was in twilight and hes a really goood actor they couldnt have picked anyone better good hes sooo cute...... :)


message 19: by Taylor (last edited Jun 03, 2011 01:45PM) (new)

Taylor Okay, first of all, even though I really don't want to, I AM going to see the movie. I must, even though it could possibly ruin TMI for me forever, no matter how much I'll try not to let it.

Secondly, I am going to give the guy a chance. If you say you like him, Cassandra, then I will try my best to like him too.

But if he sucks, then it's off with his head!!!

*cough*

Sorry, anticipation for Clockwork Prince is getting to me...

And one last thing to add...can anyone really be a "good" Jace? It's not possible. Jace is the person we read about in the books...no real, living actor could portray him perfectly.


message 20: by Car (new)

Car true true good point taylor. and ya i have to agree wit u if the guy cant act well as u said
OFF WITH HIS HEAD.


message 21: by Mei (new)

Mei I'm not even going to see the movie to save myself the embarassment. Yes. I will actually be face palming myself, hiding, and screaming the whole time if I watch the movie with him. You already ruined my picture of Jace with uber ugly guy in the cheap book trailers. I will not let it get destroyed more with this guy.


message 22: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia No body is forcing anyone to go see the movie...I really think everyone is taking things to seriously..the books are amazing but they are a work of fiction people...going to the movies is a fun thing to do...there a worst things in life. Cassandra Clare knows Jace better than anyone in the entire world and if she is smitten with the actor than so be it...everyone needs to realise that casting is out of her hands!!!


message 23: by Inês (new)

Inês Taylor wrote: "Okay, first of all, even though I really don't want to, I AM going to see the movie. I must, even though it could possibly ruin TMI for me forever, no matter how much I'll try not to let it.

Sec..."

I'm with you :)


message 24: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Maranville Although I would have totally preferred Pettyfer, I think he's gonna be a pretty awesome Jace. I'm gonna trust CC here and go with - This is going to be an AMAZING Jace. He's an actor, so 1) he's going to be wearing A LOT of makeup, and 2) you hav no idea what his personality is..... He'll be fantastic.


message 25: by Taylor (new)

Taylor This Jamie guy was in Sweeny Todd as well. I am a big fan of Pettyfer since Alex Rider, but I don't think he is as good an actor.
The movie is not going to be as good as the books; its not possible, even if it had the greatest cast and production crew. So you just have to take it for what it is and not for what its trying to immitate


message 26: by Maddie (new)

Maddie :'( r u freaking kidding me? my one and only jace was alex pettyfer u hav got to b kidding tht just ruined it for me :(


message 27: by Maddie (new)

Maddie i guess he cud b okay,......


message 28: by Maddie (new)

Maddie Tammy wrote: "Alex Pettyfer was in the running but opted not to take the role in favor of some other things. But honestly, after seeing some of the stuff about Alex Pettyfer and his woman-hating ways in the new..."
Wat r u freakin talking about? woman hating ways? tht is definitely not true i wonder wat type of things u read becuz they rnt true or believible and alex would had made the best jace ever


message 29: by Maddie (new)

Maddie okay im better now tht i know they r gonna cut his hair and all :) this actor is alright with me becuz i just saw some rlly hot pics so yah.... but remember alex will always be my Jace Wayland


message 30: by Inês (new)

Inês Jacqueline wrote: "Although I would have totally preferred Pettyfer, I think he's gonna be a pretty awesome Jace. I'm gonna trust CC here and go with - This is going to be an AMAZING Jace. He's an actor, so 1) he's ..." makeup for me sucks no offense


message 31: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7) Maddie wrote: "Tammy wrote: "Alex Pettyfer was in the running but opted not to take the role in favor of some other things. But honestly, after seeing some of the stuff about Alex Pettyfer and his woman-hating w..."

He was very rude and condescending in an interview with VMAN magazine.....Perez Hilton dishes the dirt here: http://perezhilton.com/2011-04-27-ale...

but I'm sure you can find the full interview if you google it.


message 32: by is mee... kissa (new)

is mee... kissa Usually, I don't care who is cast for the character i like, such as Jace, as long as they can act. Which i hope this guy can. This is an exception to that rule. All i gotsta say is...
Thank you God it wasn't Alex Pettyfer! If he was cast, I would probably have trouble liking dear Jace.
no offense to you Pettyfer fans.


message 33: by Dani (new)

Dani Ablack Personally for me he is not Jace material. I think (like most of the people posting comments) That Alex pettyfer would've made a better Jace. Don't get me wrong, I dislike alex pettyfer very much but I must admit, he's really good looking and would be perfect for the roll of Jace.

But maybe if this Jamie guy cuts his hair and had contacts put in, he would be a better Jace. We can only hope he's a good actor.


message 34: by Mal (new)

Mal I think Alex Pettyfer would have been a better pick, but Jamie Campbell-Bower, I suppose, is the next best choice. Although, I don't view him as Jace at all, and Alex is hotter!


message 35: by mundiemom5 (new)

mundiemom5 I have always wanted Jamie to play Jace ever since I read City of Ashes. I think he's perfect and I hope he gets to use his British accent!!


message 36: by Myra (new)

Myra I'm so glad to hear of Cassie's response to his audition - coz it's evident he will be able to pull off a 'looks like Jace' makeover since he's mostly there (nothing a haircut and makeup can't fix)...and the photo's of his smirkiness convinced me he would be OTH...but Cassie's one-word to describe his Jace-&-Clary-in-the-greenhouse audition has me all jittery and anticipatey...I can't wait to see the movie. Yeah yeah Alex is hot and all but so what, Harry Potter & Twilight have proved that non-fave picks can prove to be winners.


message 37: by Myra (new)

Myra PS - Cassie do you think u could mayb post that audition that your unnamed friend said was the lottery winner? I'm sure it'd get a gazillion hits on youtube! (and make the day of loads of fangirls like me!)


message 38: by is mee... kissa (new)

is mee... kissa I think Alex Pettyfer would have been a better pick, but Jamie Campbell-Bower, I suppose, is the next best choice. Although, I don't view him as Jace at all, and Alex is hotter!

=D It's the hair. Kinda puts a halo around his face. Makes him look more feminine.


message 39: by Stormy (new)

Stormy I really think that this is a good choise for Jace


message 40: by Katie (new)

Katie At first, I was a bit disappointed that he was Jace, being one of the fans who wanted Alex Pettyfer, but honestly, Alex has been introduced the role and left all of us hanging. Jamie seems really enthusiastic to play Jace and he IS a good actor.


message 41: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth YAY! :D I wanted Alex Pettyfer like most fans, but Jamie is a good choice too! He's so hot... and blond... and he was in Sweeny Todd! :D


message 42: by Inês (new)

Inês Elizabeth wrote: "YAY! :D I wanted Alex Pettyfer like most fans, but Jamie is a good choice too! He's so hot... and blond... and he was in Sweeny Todd! :D"

i didn't like that movie at all no ofense but I HATE horror movies


{{Kylee} heh..wait what jamie isn't at all how I pictured jace...but..I write (I fail, but I write) and I know that no one will ever love or knows characters more than the author. so if cassandra clare says this guy's good, he's got my vote. :D
oh, and if you're reading this, I love your books and your writing is absolutely lovely. ^_^ thank you for sharing your beautiful talent


message 44: by Anna (new)

Anna Balasi Not crazy about the choice, but if C. Clare thinks he's perfect, then I believe her.

Keep the accent, please! Most everything sounds better with a British accent.


message 45: by Yoselin (new)

Yoselin Tammy wrote: "Alex Pettyfer was in the running but opted not to take the role in favor of some other things. But honestly, after seeing some of the stuff about Alex Pettyfer and his woman-hating ways in the new..."
I couldn't agree with you more.


message 46: by Louise (new)

Louise Jamie Campbell-Bower as Jace ... hmmm, YES!!

I'm actually really happy with this choice! He's a great actor and If he cuts his hair and bulks up for the film then I think he has potential to make an amazing jace!


message 47: by Maddi (new)

Maddi AWE! NO ALEX! -POUT-


message 48: by Maddi (new)

Maddi NEVERMIND. I just read this through and I think hes a great choice. he just needs to shave. :D


message 49: by Raven (new)

Raven Upon first glance of the above pic, I totally 'see' Jace in him, I dont however know any of his acting, so hopefully he can pull it off!


message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

Jace, Jamie...nice on going choice, but im not too happy about Clary's Lily Collins'. I think she's a bit too small and mostly comes in death films, like the movie Priest. She doesnt talk much but her acting is kinda sloppy, as i read on other websites.
Oh well, not my choise but i DO have an OPINION.
:)


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