“Shadowhunters” has cast its villain. Alan Van Sprang (“Reign,” “Survival of the Dead”) will play Valentine in “The Mortal Instruments” TV series, ABC Family announced Friday.
Based on the bestselling YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old art student Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Katherine McNamara) as she becomes entangled in the world of so-called Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, and tap into powers she never knew she had.
Van Sprang will portray the mysterious and cruel Shadowhunter Valentine, a “brilliant, cunning and dangerously handsome” man who wields “immense power,” according to a character description in an ABC Family press release.
“His stoic, charming, and confident presence allows him control over his many followers,” the press releases says. “To seek out what he wants, Valentine executes anyone in his way, never thinking twice about it.”
Van Sprang joins a cast that includes McNamara, Dominic Sherwood as Clary’s love interest Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Clary’s best friend Simon, Emeraude Toubia and Matthew Daddario as sister-brother Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec Lightwood, and Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, a friend of Clary and her mother.
“Shadowhunters” is being produced by Constantin Film and will be helmed by Ed Decter – a screenwriter and producer whose credits include “There’s Something About Mary,” “Unforgettable,” “The Client List” and “In Plain Sight” – and McG (“Supernatural,” “Chuck”). McG will also direct the first episode.
The show is expected to reboot the saga after the 2013 big-screen adaptation “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” opened to lackluster reviews and disappointing box-office numbers. The film has earned $31 million domestically. A planned sequel, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” was shelved last year.
“Shadowhunters” is set to go into production in Toronto this month.