The Mortal Instruments: New Castings + On-Set Pics
Three characters were cast for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, including one that slightly changes the story as we know it.
Chris Ratz (Cold Blooded) has been cast as Simon’s best friend Eric, Harry Van Gorkum (24) has been cast as werewolf pack warrior Alaric, and Elyas M’Barek (What a Man) has been cast as “vampire lieutenant.”
For fans waiting for casting news about vampire clan leader Raphael Santiago, this was a bit confusing. Cassandra Clare explains that Raphael won’t be appearing in City of Bones, but will be introduced in the sequel, City of Ashes:
As for Raphael/The Vampire Lieutenant/Elyas m’Barek, what I’ve been told is that there wasn’t space enough to properly introduce Raphael. Raphael, after all, is not the vampire who actually captures Simon from Magnus’ party. They’re different guys and it was felt there was not room for both. (This isn’t a decision I made or have any control over — when you give over your movie rights you have to accept that decisions about how to adapt your books will be made without you. Scripts are also rewritten up until shooting, and even rewritten on set. They are never final until the film is done shooting.) So Elyas will play TVL, who is a composite of the vampires in the NYC vampire clan.
Raphael won’t be in this movie but they hope to introduce him in City of Ashes, as he does play a bigger and bigger part in each book. I’m sad not to see Raphael sooner, as I know you all are, but I hope when the time comes he will be introduced in a way that does him justice. There are a lot of talented Latino actors out there who would be great for the part.
Meanwhile, I’m glad to see my German/Austrian fans responding well to the casting of the lieutenant of our absent vampire leader, and very glad that the actor cast was one of color since the NYC vampire clan is a diverse group.
Now let’s gawk at some more set pictures, all via Cassie Clare: