Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter.
The “The Tudors” star is in talks to play the part of the main villain, Valentine Morgenstern, a “powerful but insane” Shadowhunter who’s known to have extremist views. That’s about as vague as the description gets without delving into spoiler-territory. Should things work out with negotiations, the Irish actor joins Lily Collins as Clary Fray, Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis, Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood, Kevin Durand as Emil Pangborn, Robert Maillet as Samuel Blackwell, Lena Headey as Jocelyn Fray, Jared Harris as Hodge Starkweather and Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane who are among the cast of the film
“The Mortal Instruments” is a series of six young adult fantasy books written by Cassandra Clare and published by Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. In the series’ first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller “City of Bones,” set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
There’s a dark sort of broodiness in Jonathan Rhys Meyers that I expect will lend itself nicely to a role like this. The same could definitely be said for the Dracula series he’s set to star in for NBC. Assuming this becomes official, it’s another great bit of casting for the film.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is targeting an August 23, 2013 release