Misfits star, Irish actor Robert Sheehan has been cast in The Mortal Instruments, a film adaptation of City of Bones, the first novel in US author Cassandra Clare’s popular urban fantasy series.
He will play the central role of a vampire named Simon, the boyfriend of lead character Clary, in the franchise which US producers hope will emulate the success of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises.
Sheehan joins Lily Collins who stars as Clary Fray, British actor Jamie Campbell Bower who has been cast as Jace Wayland, and French actress Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood.
‘City of Bones’ tells the story of Clary Fray who finds herself in a supernatural world when she visits a club called Pandemonium, and witnesses a murder. Following this event her mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped by a man called Valentine. She then calls on those who she saw at the club, and asks them to help her.
News of Sheehan’s casting was announced by author Cassandra Clare on her blog. Clare said following Sheehan’s screen test: “When I talked to Jamie and Lily yesterday it was about who we thought was the absolute best, the most Simon-y Simon, and fortunately we all agreed. Y’all know I am a big ‘Misfits’ fan, so you should not be surprised to know that I’m ecstatic that our Simon is: Robert Sheehan. You may know him as Nathan. 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."
The film is to start shooting in Toronto next month with a release date set for August 2013.