Magnus Bane, Jocelyn Fray, and Hodge Starkweather have been cast!

Woo! Here’s some info for you! So exciting!

First, our Magnus Bane is the gorgeous Godfrey Gao:

Cassandra Clare: Godfrey is, in addition to being all gorgeous and stuff, super-talented (his audition was awesome), loves the books, and is, like Magnus, ridiculously tall.

He is also super-nice — we emailed briefly and he said “I’m half Indonesian, because my mom is Peranakan Malaysian And my dad is Shanghainese – Soo hopefully the fans will like me playing Magnus!”

Our Jocelyn is none other than Lena Headey! I’m kind of sad that I don’t really like Jocelyn’s character that much, because I LOVE the actress! She’s known for her role as Cersei in Game of Thrones.

Cassandra Clare: Jocelyn is a really fun character to write. She’s overprotective (but for a reason) and often really unyielding and unsympathetic, but she’s also a heroine who saved the world from Valentine, endured a lot of loss, and can execute some pretty badass moves. Moral ambiguity is always fun to play and who does it better than (Lena).

And lastly, our Hodge is Jared Harris (from Mad Men and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows)!

Cassandra Clare: Hodge is also a really complicated character. He’s not entirely bad, not entirely good. He’s a brilliant man led down a bad path a long time ago and he can’t turn back, but he does love those kids he tutored...He’s got SAG awards all over the place and I think he’ll really nail Hodge’s moral dilemma.

Well, there you have it! So, as of now, our official City of Bones cast is:

Lily Collins (Clary), Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace), Robert Sheehan (Simon), Godgrey Gao (Magnus), Jemima West (Isabelle), Lena Headey (Jocelyn), Jared Harris (Hodge), Kevin Durand (Pangborn) and Robert Maillet (Blackwell).

So who’s ready for Alec? I know I am, hahah! Tell us what you think in the comments!

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Simon Lewis has been cast!

Finally! And I can’t think of a better person for the part. Our Simon is going to be played by none other than Robert Sheehan! You probably know him from the popular tv series Misfits.

I’m so excited! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments! And if you haven’t already seen Misfits, you should definitely watch it! Cassie is really excited about this casting news:

He’s totally cute and adorable and HILARIOUS, and his chemistry with Lily and Jamie is off the charts. I’ve wanted him for Simon for ages so I am pretty much totally and entirely happy.

Well, there you have it! Can’t wait to see him as Simon! I think he’s perfect!

Details on ‘The Shadowhunters’ Codex’

Sketch of Alicante, The City of Glass. By Elizabeth Alba

The Shadowhunter’s Codex: A Guide to the World of the Nephilim is coming out November 2013. Before, we didn’t really have that much information on the book, but now we do! Here’s the synopsis that Cassandra Clare posted on her website!

With Valentine Morgenstern’s plan to disrupt the Shadowhunters’ world foiled, her mother awake from her coma, and her relationship with Jace Wayland finally getting off the ground, Clary Fray’s life has finally calmed down a little—just in time for her to begin training to fulfill her destiny and become a Shadowhunter, like her mother before her. She’ll immerse herself in their history, in their magic, in the Downworld of vampires and warlocks. She’ll learn to fight, to identify demons, to know the Shadowhunters’ places and territories like the back of her hand. And she’s racing to catch up with her fellow Shadowhunters, who have been doing this a lot longer than she has. Doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun, of course…

The Shadowhunters’ Codex is intended as a guide for fans to the world of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. It provides a concordance to the many fantastical creatures, places, and things of the books, but also fleshes out the world of the Shadowhunters with new details, new monsters, new runes, new magic.

The Codex is the Codex itself, a textbook for new Shadowhunters, and also notes and art added in by Clary, commenting and updating things. (For one thing, the Codex’s official take on things is often not quite the same as what Clary knows to be true. The facts it claims about warlocks alone are outrageously incorrect!) It also contains many stories not yet touched upon in the Shadowhunter novels: the story of Jonathan Shadowhunter and how the Shadowhunters came to be, the creation of the Silent Brothers, the invention of parabatai and much more.

Unlike the Shadowhunters novels, but befitting an encyclopedia of their world, the Codex’s articles are illustrated by a number of great fantasy illustrators: Rebecca Guay, Charles Vess, Jim Nelson, Theo Black, John Dollar, Michael Kaluta, Elisabeth Alba, and Cassandra Jean. It will be available for purchase by mundanes in late fall 2013.

Also, on Cassandra’s Tumblr, she posted a little example of what will be in the Codex:

Attention Institute Directors! Does increased demonic activity in your region mean you’re spending all your time making new Shadowhunters and training them? Don’t you wish you had some sort of teaching tool to bring them up to speed more quickly, so they can get on to the job of helping you turn back the denizens of Hell? Well, such a teaching tool already exists: the Shadowhunter’s Codex.

Now in its two hundred and seventy-ninth edition, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been teaching new Shadowhunters since the late 12th century: the history and the law of their new world; how to identify, interact with, and if necessary destroy that world’s many colorful denizens; and which end of the stele is the end you write with (the thinner end). What the heck is a Pyxis? Why can’t we use guns to fight demons? Why have I just gotten in trouble with the Council for some obscure infraction dating back to before the Renaissance? If I can’t see a warlock’s mark, is there a polite way to ask him where it is? (There is not.) Why do I have to memorize the names of dozens if not hundreds of angels that we only ever use to name seraph blades and nothing else? Where do we get all that holy water? These and/or many other important questions are covered by what generations upon generations of Shadowhunters have known as “the Codex.” Geography, History, Magic, Zoology textbook all rolled into it, the Codex is here to help new Shadowhunters navigate the often beautiful, often brutal world into which they have just nobly thrown themselves.  

Tired of carrying around weighty tomes bound in obscure leathers and closed with bronze buckles? Tired of borrowing editions from your Institute library whose bindings are worth more than your yearly salary from the Clave? Wondering where the money for that salary comes from? Good news! The Codex will soon be available in a smart, modern edition using all of today’s most exciting printing techniques: a sturdy clothbound cover! a protective dust jacket! information about title, author, publisher, and so on easily available right on the cover! Attaches neatly to your weapons belt! Won’t set off metal detectors!

{Psst. Um, Clary here. Hi. Look, the Codex is full of useful information — Simon says it’s like a game manual for being a Shadowhunter — and that’s great, but first off, it’s a little stuffy, and second, it’s way, way out of date. No mention of the Mortal War or Sebastian, much less the more recent drama we’ve all been going through. So this version of the Codex is my edition and I’ve tried to fix it up a little. I’ve added in notes, updates, comments, and I’ve put in some of my art as well—my images of the Shadowhunter world and also, just because, some drawings of my friends.}

The Codex is lavishly illustrated and features the world of such luminaries of the fantastic as Rebecca Guay, Charles Vess, Jim Nelson, Theo Black, Michael Kaluta, John Dollar, Elisabeth Alba, and our own Cassandra Jean. And it will be available sometime in the late fall of 2013.

Will you guys be reading it when it comes out? Are you excited? Tell us in the comments!

UPDATE: Mundie Moms to host LIVE CHAT with Cassandra Clare – June 28

Hey guys! Guy what? Mundie Moms will be hosting a live chat with Cassandra Clare on 6/20! Cassandra Clare will answer some fan questions. Mundie Moms has advised that this will be a COLS SPOILER chat, so if you haven’t read City of Lost Souls yet, don’t join in! Now, if you want Cassie to answer one of your questions, you’ll need to click on the Mundie Moms link below and submit your question BEFORE the day of the chat. There are so many fans of TMI that it will be hard for Mundie Moms to read all of your questions. They won’t be accepting questions the night of the chat. And please remember that there are a lot of fans with questions, so there’s a possibility that your won’t get answered.

Make sure you check in on the chat, which will start at 8 pm CST/ 9 pm EST on June 20. Mundie Moms has said that it will be a COLS spoiler chat, but if they have time they will ask questions about Clockwork Princess! And if you can’t make it to the live chat, don’t worry! Mundie Moms will be posting the entire transcript in their forum!

CLICK HERE to read full details on the chat, submit questions for Cassie, and to sign up for an email reminder for the chat!

UPDATE:  This chat was originally scheduled for June 20th, but has now been pushed back one week to June 28th.

Cassandra Clare: The new “Queen of Fantasy”

Wall Street Journal:

Lately, she has been landing deals that rival the contracts of blockbuster authors. Margaret K. McElderry Books paid a high-seven-figure advance for “The Dark Artifices,” the next three books in her fantasy series about demon hunters. Simon & Schuster UK Children’s paid a low-seven-figure sum for U.K. rights to “The Dark Artifices.” She signed a separate deal with Scholastic for a middle-grades fantasy series about magicians, which she is co-writing with young-adult author Holly Black.

A film adaptation of “Mortal Instruments” is now in the works. Her fans jumped on the news. Some responded with fan-fiction stories referencing the actors who have been cast in the movies.

Well, we obviously agree that Cassie is the Queen of Fantasy. Both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices have topped the best seller lists–with The Mortal Instruments still riding high on the New York Times best seller list for more than a year. These books have sold over more than 12 million copies, and are translated into more than 30 languages.

‘City of Bones’ movie script stays faithful to the book

Well, those are words that everyone wants to hear when it comes to fandoms, haha! Though we have to keep in mind that no film adaptation can be the exact same as the book it’s based off of, we can always hope that it gets as close as it can possibly get. Edward Zo (one of the many who auditioned for the role of Magnus Bane) has said that, as a fan of the books, he’s excited to see the book brought to life, and is really pleased with how the script remained faithful to the story.

Zo didn’t get the role because he was playing much younger than what casting was looking for. But casting for Magnus will be happening this week. We will hear news about casting in about two weeks!

Lily Collins talks about ‘City of Bones’ training!

At the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on May 29, Lily Collins mentions that she and Jamie have been training for the upcoming filming of City of Bones (filming to start August 15). She mentions that the training has been physically exhausting, but she’s super excited. Here’s the video, isn’t she just gorgeous?