“The Mortal Instruments” TV series “Shadowhunters” has found its lead, casting Katherine McNamara as heroine Clary Fray.
In the TV series, Clary is an 18-year-old art student whose future is derailed when she finds out on her birthday that her life is a lie.
Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows Clary as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon.
To save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, tap into powers she never knew she had and team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace Wayland — a skilled soldier and expert Shadowhunter seeking revenge for his father’s murder — who will be played by “Vampire Academy” actor Dominic Sherwood.
Also joining Clary on her demon-fighting quest is her geeky-yet-handsome best friend Simon played by Alberto Rosende. Emeraude Toubia is set to play Isabelle Lightwood, a trained fighter “as lethal as she is attractive,” according to her character description.
McNamara’s credits include the 2011 film “New Year’s Eve” and the TV series “Happyland,” and she also has a role in the upcoming film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.”
“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.