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‘Shadowhunters’: ‘Mortal Instruments’ TV series casts Dominic Sherwood as male lead

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“The Mortal Instruments” spinoff TV series “Shadowhunters” has found its Jace Wayland, casting “Vampire Academy” actor Dominic Sherwood as the male lead.

Dominic Sherwood, left, and Sarah Hyland on Feb. 22, 2015. Sherwood is set to star in “Shadowhunters.” (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)

Sherwood will portray the “narcissistic and lethally gorgeous” demon-hunter who serves as the love interest for the story’s heroine, Clarissa “Clary” Fray, ABC Family announced Monday.

Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old 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.

In order 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 — a skilled soldier and expert Shadowhunter seeking revenge for his father’s murder.

“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.

Dominic Sherwood and Lucy Fry in a scene from the 2014 film “Vampire Academy.” Sherwood is set to star in “Shadowhunters.” (The Weinstein Company)

“Clary is a strong, dynamic and captivating character that our audience will immediately identify with,” said Karey Burke, ABC Family’s executive vice president of programming and development, when the series was announced. “They will want her to succeed and will root for her on her journey to become who she was always meant to be. The series has a passionate fan base and an expansive universe that can sustain multiple seasons to come.”

Casting decisions for other main characters, including Clary and her best friend Simon, have yet to be announced. The show is set to go into production in May in Toronto.

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