The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones

Directed by

Harald Zwart

Produced by

Don Carmody
Robert Kulzer

Screenplay by

Jessica Postigo

Production companies

Constantin Film, Don Carmody Production, Uniques Features


Urban fantasy action-adventure

Running time

130 minutes

Release date

United States, Canada, Québec, United Kingdom : August 21, 2013

France, Belgium : October 16, 2013

Clarissa "Clary" Fray is a 15 years old teenaged living in New York. At a party at the Pandemonium club, she sees three persons dressed all in black killing a man. When her mother disappears, captured by creatures, Clary discovers the Shadowhunters and Downworlders world, with vampires, werewolves and demons. Helped by Jace and other Shadowhunters from the Institute, Clary will try to understand this particular world and to save his mother. She will find out some surprisings revelations…


Lily Collins

Clarissa « Clary » Fray

Lily Jane Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father is English musician Phil Collins, while her mother, Jill Tavelman, who is from Los Angeles, California, was president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club for three terms. Lily moved with her mother to LA at the age of five, after her parents split up. She is of Russian Jewish (from her maternal grandfather), English, and German descent.

Her first screen role was at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains, in 1992. Collins performed at the Youth Academy for Dramatic Arts as a child, but her main interest was journalism. She graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School, and attended the USC, where she majored in broadcast journalism. She began writing a column ("NY Confidential") for the British magazine Elle Girl in her teens as well as contributing to Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times magazines.

After some early television appearances as a presenter/reporter (for instance, covering the 2008 US Presidential campaign as a host on the Nickelodeon show, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Kids Pick the President (2000)), she made a couple of appearances on 90210 Beverly Hills - Nouvelle génération (2008) in 2009. She co-starred as the daughter of Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock's characters in the massive box office hit The Blind Side - l'éveil d'un champion (2009). More dramatic roles followed, and she came to worldwide attention when she played the starring role in Blanche Neige (2012), following it up by headlining The Mortal Instruments: la cité des ténèbres (2013) and Love, Rosie (2014).

Jamie Campbell Bower

Jace Wayland

Jamie Campbell Bower was born in London, England, to Anne Elizabeth (Roseberry), a music manager, and David Bower, who works for Gibson Guitar Co. His 4 times maternal great-grandfather was Sir John Campbell, the 7th Baronet of Ardnamurchan and Airds.

Jamie is also the lead singer in a band called "Counterfeit". He went to Bedales School in Hampshire. Whilst still at school he was told that he had got the part of "Anthony" in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", which he was recommended to audition for by family friend, Laura Michelle Kelly. Bower later went on to star in Rock'n Rolla (2008) as "Rocker", directed by Guy Ritchie. He will make his next on-screen appearance as "Caius", a member of the Volturi coven, in the tween franchise that is Twilight: Chapitre 2 - Tentation (2009) alongside actors such as fellow Brit Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Bower appeared in the third installment of Twilight, Twilight: chapitre 3 - Hésitation (2010) and Twilight: Chapitre 4 - Révélation, 1ère partie (2011). He also joined the "Harry Potter" cast as "Gellert Grindelward" in Harry Potter et les reliques de la mort: 1ère partie (2010) and Harry Potter et les reliques de la mort: 2ème partie (2011).

Robert Sheehan

Simon Lewis

Robert Sheehan is an Irish actor. He was born in Portlaoise, County Laois, the son of Joe and Maria Sheehan. His father was a member of the Garda Síochána, the police force of the Republic of Ireland.

As a child, Sheehan was interested in performing music. He learned how to play the banjo, the bodhrán, and the spoons. He took part in the Fleadh Cheoil, an Irish music competition for children and teenagers.

His interest in acting started when his mother took him to an audition for drama film "Song for a Raggy Boy" (2003), about an oppressive school for boys during World War II. Sheehan won an acting part in the film and socialized with other young actors. Following his film debut, Sheehan started acting in theatrical performances.

During the 2000s, Sheehan started appearing in television shows. His most prominent roles were as a series regular in Australian series "Foreign Exchange" (2004), the historical fantasy "Young Blades" (2005), the drama series "Rock Rivals" (2008), and the first two seasons of science fiction series "Misfits" (2009-2013). In Misfits, the characters are youths in community service who gain superpowers. Sheehan's character, Nathan Young, gains the power of immortality.

Sheehan had a co-starring role in the drama film "Cherrybomb" (2009). The film is about two teenage boys who are trying to impress a female love interest trough performing criminal acts. Sheehan's co-star for the film was actor Rupert Grint, and their love interest was played by actress Kimberley Nixon.

Sheehan started the 2010s as a series regular in the crime drama series "Love/Hate" (2010-2014). He has continued regularly appearing in theatre, film, and television roles. Among his most prominent theatrical roles is the role of Richard Duke of Gloucester/Richard III in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's depiction of the Wars of the Roses.

Jemima West

Isabelle « Izzy » Lightwood

Jemima West began her acting career very early, since she was only 10 years old when she appeared in the series i>Josephine, guardian angel.

It was with her role in the film i>Jeanne d'Arc in 1999 that her vocation for cinema was declared. In 2007, she played in Tony Parker's video clip, i>First Love. It is her role in the television series i>Maison clos broadcast on Canal+ that makes her known to the general public. She played Rose, a young girl who arrived in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century and found herself enrolled in a brothel. The series will be renewed for a second season, broadcast in early 2013 on Canal+. That same year, in June, she joined the cast of the film i>The Mortal Instruments : La Cité des ténèbres, adapted from the series i>La Cité des ténèbres written by Cassandra Clare, in which she plays Isabelle "Izzy" Lightwood.

Kevin Zegers

Alexander « Alec » Lightwood

Kevin Joseph Zegers started acting at the tender age of six. He has starred in more than 40 films, including Air Bud - Buddy star des paniers (1997), L'armée des morts (2004), and Transamerica (2005), and has also appeared in several modeling campaigns.

Kevin was born in Woodstock, Ontario, to Mary-Ellen (Veldman), a teacher, and James Zegers, a quarry worker. All of his grandparents were Dutch immigrants. He lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, agent Jaime Feld (CAA). Their daughters, Zoë Madison and Blake Everleigh, were born on August 17, 2015.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

Valentin Morgenstern

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Meyers on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone.

Rhys Meyers grew up with a tumultuous childhood and being permanently expelled from school at age 16. Happy to be out of school, he began spending time in a local pool hall where he was discovered by Hubbard Casting. The casting agents were talent-spotting for the David Puttnam production of La guerre des boutons, ça recommence (1994), and asked Rhys Meyers to appear for an audition. After three days of auditions, however, he did not get the role, and Rhys Meyers gave up on his acting aspirations. Soon afterward, he received a call to audition for a national ad campaign for Knorr soup, and though embarrassed by the attention from the ad, he soon found himself considered for a major film. His movie acting debut was a very small role in the film A Man of No Importance (1994), where his simple cast credit is as "First Young Man". His first lead role was in the film The Disappearance of Finbar (1996). During a 6-month postponement in production, he returned home to Cork and there received a call about the film Michael Collins (1996). He traveled to Dublin to meet with director Neil Jordan and successfully won the role of Collins's assassin. Jordan wrote about his meeting with the actor, "I have found someone to play Collin's (sic) killer. Jonathan Rees-Myers (sic), from County Cork, apparently, who looks like a young Tom Cruise. [He] Comes into the casting session with alarming certainty. Obviously gifted".

Rhys Meyers continued working constantly from that point and appeared in such films as The Maker (1997), Telling Lies in America (1997), and The Tribe (1998). Going on to film The Governess (1998), B. Monkey (1998), Titus (1999) and Chevauchée avec le diable (1999), he has received critical acclaim for several performances, most notably as "Brian Slade" in Velvet Goldmine (1998), as "Steerpike" in the British mini-series Gormenghast (2000), and as a sympathetic football coach in Joue-la comme Beckham (2002). Rhys Meyers is also a talented singer and musician, having performed his own vocals in Velvet Goldmine (1998) and appearing on the film's soundtrack. Rhys Meyers still resides in County Cork, Ireland.

Lena Headey

Jocelyn Fray / Fairchild

Lena Headey is a British actress. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present) and Les frères Grimm (2005), Possession (2002), and Les vestiges du jour (1993). Headey stars as "Queen Gorgo", a heroic Spartan woman in the period film, 300 (2006), by director Zack Snyder.

Headey was born in Hamilton, Bermuda, to British parents Sue and John Headey. Her father, a Yorkshire police cadet, was sent to Bermuda shortly before her birth. She was raised there, living by the ocean until she was five. Back in England, she was brought up in Yorkshire before moving to London in her teens. Headey had not gone to drama school before she became an actress. At the age of seventeen, Headey's performance in a one-off show in the company of six school friends caught the attention of a casting agent, who took a photo and asked her to audition. Eventually, Headey was cast in Waterland (1992), which became her big-screen debut. She honed her natural acting talent while filming and also took archery classes and horse training. She also took boxing classes in clubs in south London, where a former boxer had been teaching her to spar. During her film career, spanning over 15 years, Headey has shown her range in a variety of roles, playing characters from Amazon-type warriors and action-minded women in La crypte (2005) and Les frères Grimm (2005), to a lesbian florist in Imagine Me & You (2005).

Headey's film career has taken her all over the world. She was in India for the filming of Le livre de la jungle (1994), then in St. Petersburg, Russia, for filming Onegin (1999), and in Norway for filming of Aberdeen (2000). In 2005 Headey was filming in Romania and in Mexico, then spent four months in Prague, Czech Republic, where a forest was designed and built for filming Les frères Grimm (2005), with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. During 2006 Headey was in Canada for the filming of 300 (2006), then went to locations in Bulgaria for shooting The Contractor (2007), and Germany and in Czech Republic for the filming of Baron rouge (2008).

She also played Gina McVey in the horror thriller The Broken (2008), and Elizabeth in Tell Tale (2009). In addition to her film-work, Heady appeared as Sarah Connor in a TV spin-off of the popular "Terminator" film franchise, the FOX's television series Terminator: Les chroniques de Sarah Connor (2008).

Outside of her acting profession, Headey continued taking boxing lessons in London. She is a vegetarian and also remains loyal to yoga, which she discovered during her work in India. She has never been back to her birthplace in Bermuda; she shares her time between her homes in London, England, and Los Angeles, California.

Aidan Turner

Lucian « Luke » Garroway / Graymark

Aidan Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, Aidan appeared in a number of stage productions, many with Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey. Such productions included The Plough & The Stars, Romeo & Juliet and A Cry from Heaven. In 2008, Turner made the transition to movies and television with a lead role in the film Alarm and a co-starring role in the popular Irish TV drama The Clinic. In 2009, Turner moved to the UK to take on a starring role in BBC's acclaimed Being Human. Aidan played the spellbinding "Mitchell" for 3 seasons during which time he also starred in BBC's Desperate Romantics and BBC's top rated TV movie Hattie. In 2011, famed director Peter Jackson cast Turner in the role of Kili in JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. The highly successful movie trilogy filmed for approximately two years in New Zealand during which time Aidan also starred in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments.

In 2014 Turner was cast as Poldark in the BBC remake. Aidan was the only actor considered for this charismatic hero. Poldark premiered to excellent rating in the UK in March 2015 and also in the USA in June 2015. The BBC series also aired across Europe and Australia and returned for a second series, aired during 2016.

In 2015 Aidan took on a small role in The Secret Scripture so he could work with one of his favorite directors, Jim Sheridan. He also voiced a role in the first painted animation movie, Loving Vincent, co-starred in the dark comedy, Look Away and starred in the BBC mini series, And Then There Were None.

A third series of the hugely popular Poldark aired in the spring and summer of 2017.

Jared Harris

Hodge Starkweather

Jared Francis Harris was born in London, England. He is the son of Irish actor Richard Harris and Welsh actress Elizabeth Harris (Elizabeth Rees), and brother of Damian Harris and Jamie Harris. Despite his lineage, Jared showed little interest in becoming an actor, until he was cast in a college production while attending North Carolina's Duke University (USA), where he studied drama and literature, in the early 1980s.

After graduation, Jared returned to the UK where he attended Central School of Speech and Drama, along such future stars as Jason Isaacs and James Nesbitt. After graduation, Jared joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Mark Rylance's Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, the Silent Woman and A Clockwork Orange. In 1989, he had his screen debut in Le dossier Rachel (1989).

In 1990, while on vacation in New York, Jared auditioned for the role of Hotspur in Henry IV part 1, which he played at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Still in New York, Jared appeared in the off-Broadway play Ecstasy, for which he won an Obie Award in 1992.

In 1996, he won recognition by playing famous pop artist Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). After that success, Jared has gone on to many independent films, with a few titles being: Tueurs nés (1994), Smoke (1995), Happiness (1998), Comment tuer le chien de son voisin (2000), Igby (2002), B. Monkey (1998), Shadow Magic (2000) and VH1's Two of Us (2000) where he portrayed John Lennon.

He has also starred in blockbusters movies, including: Le dernier des Mohicans (1992), Les aventures de Mister Deeds (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), L'étrange histoire de Benjamin Button (2008), Sherlock Holmes: Jeu d'ombres (2011), Lincoln (2012).

And has created memorable characters on such popular TV shows as: The Riches (2007), Fringe (2008), Mad Men (2007).

Jared is married to Allegra Riggio, a well-known lighting designer and TV host.

Godfrey Gao

Magnus Bane

Godfrey Gao was born on September 22, 1984 in Taiwan as Tsao Chih-Hsiang. He is an actor, known for The Mortal Instruments: la cité des ténèbres (2013), The Jade Pendant (2017) and Min & Max (2016).

CCH Pounder

Madame Dorothea

CCH Pounder (the CCH standing for Carol Christine Hilaria, her birth name). As can be said of other similarly styled actresses such as Alfre Woodard and Cicely Tyson, most of Pounder's characters are enriched with these same positive attributes and it is a testament to this actress' abilities that she continues on such a high plane in a nearly three-decade career.

Born on Christmas Day 1952 in Guyana, she was raised on a sugar cane plantation. Her parents moved to the States while she was still a young girl, but she and her sister were sent to a convent boarding school in Britain where they were introduced to art and the classics. Following high school graduation, she arrived in New York and studied at Ithaca College, where her acting talents were discovered. Regional and classical repertory theater followed, earning roles in such productions as "The Mighty Gents" with Morgan Freeman at the New York Shakespeare Festival and "Open Admissions," her Broadway debut. Her preference for a warmer climate led to her move to Hollywood in the late 1970s.

After bit roles in Que le spectacle commence (1979) and I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982), she found cult status in the art-house film Bagdad Café (1987) ("Bagdad Café" in the US) as the offbeat owner of a roadside café, but Pounder's prominence came with television. Usually cast as a confident, strong-minded professional, she is known for her understated intensity and earned an Emmy nomination for her stint on the hospital drama Urgences (1994). She has performed in a number of highly acclaimed topical dramas, including American Playhouse: Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985), Common Ground (1990), Murder in Mississippi (1990), Un coeur dans les étoiles (1999) and Boycott (2001), for which a number of kudos have come her way.

Kevin Durand

Emil Pangborn

Brute or law enforcement officer: Kevin Durand's career is divided between Good and Evil. From the top of his 98th meter, this Canadian actor who subscribed to second roles went from series to series and from blockbusters to blockbusters, in performances that were often short but striking. After studying in Ontario, he began his career by appearing in a multitude of television productions (i>Au-Delà Du Réel, i>L'Aventure continue, i>Urgences</i;, i>Dead Like Me, i>Jane and Tarzan).

It is thanks to science fiction that he is starting to make himself known. He first plays a Goa'uld Lord in a few episodes of i>Stargate SG-1. But it is Joshua's character, in i>Dark Angel, who reveals it to the general public. James Cameron's series offers him his first recurring role. Grim, he metamorphoses into a transgenic being, a friend of heroin, Max Guevara (Jessica Alba). In the cinema, the most attentive will have noticed it in i>L'Effet papillon, i>Scooby-Doo 2 : Les Montres se déchaîent, or i>3h10 for Yuma.

In the mid-2000s, Kevin Durand made a series of appearances on the small screen, adding i>Andromeda; i>Threshold : Premier Contact, i>Les Experts, i>Kyle XY, i>Dead Zone, and i>FBI : Portés Disparus to his rich list of achievements. He embarked - or rather disembarked - on the adventure i>Lost, the missing, as the main villain of the fourth season. His character of Martin Keamy is in charge of cleaning the island of its inhabitants. . . A naughty mark, which sticks to his skin, since we then find him in the cinema as Archangel Gabriel disillusioned in i>Legion - The Army of Angels (2009), and by commanding bellicose extraterrestrial in i>Number four (2011).
In i>X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), he gained a few hundred kilos and became the Colossus, an imposing enemy faced by Hugh Jackman. Kevin Durand met the Australian actor again two years later, in i>Real Steel (2011). When he plays in Hollywood, there is finally only the i>Robin des Bois by Ridley Scott to allow him to express his luminous side. Alongside Russell Crowe, he plays the faithful Little John. In 2012, Kevin Durand takes on the role of Robert Pattinson's security agent for i>Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg's latest achievement.

Stephen R. Hart

Frère Jeremiah

Stephen Hart has a strong background in live theater and solo performance. He has performed with a variety of dangerous, live edgy shows, including the renown sideshow Carnival Diablo (1998-2002) as Stevan Hart the Scandinavian Giant. His voice is part of a nationally known daily opening rant on Canada's national broadcaster. Heard by millions daily. His unique talent and sound is recognized across Canada and now in Hollywood and the world. He has appeared in over a dozen wide release motion pictures and numerous television shows. With several unusual talents listed on his resume such as bullwhip - fly swatting, military, opera training and steel jaws of death he certainly brings many talents to the table. He speaks with confidence to thousands live and to millions over the national air waves.

Harry Van Gorkum


London-born, classically-trained actor Harry Van Gorkum holds an impressive career in all aspects of acting, including stage theater, film and television. After attending Lancaster University, Harry went on to act in theater, participating in stage productions throughout England, with an appearance in the award-winning Being At Home With Claude. On moving to America, Harry began to add to his acting resume with guest appearances on various television series including Seinfeld, Friends, Just Shoot Me, CSI, Jag, and perhaps most notably in The Nanny as a recurring character who was Fran Drescher's love interest. On film, Harry has appeared in Batman & Robin (1997), Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000) with Nicolas Cage and Escape Under Pressure (2000) with Rob Lowe. He also appeared with seasoned action stars Steven Seagal in The Foreigner (2003), with Bruce Willis in Tears of the Sun (2003) and Sylvester Stallone in Avenging Angelo (2002). Harry also brought his comic skills to the screen in Pink Panther 2 (2009) and was recurring on the final season of 24 (2010), playing the British Foreign Minister Louis Dalton. He has can also be seen in the top ten grossing film of 2010 Karate Kid, and two Disney shows I'm in the Band (2011) and Wizards of Waverly Place (2011).

Elyas M'Barek

Vampires Chef

He was born and raised in Munich, from a father of Tunisian origin and a mother of Austrian origin. He has two younger brothers. His brother Joseph M'Barek is also an actor.

He began his acting career in a minor role in Dennis Gansel's film Girls and Sex, where he played the role of a member of a music group. The following year, he played the role of Jochen Epstein at the age of 19 in the film i>La Nuit d'Eptein. It is his role as Cem Öztürk in the TV series i>Family Mix, which will make him known to the general public. With this role he will win several awards such as "Best Actor in a Series" and also "Best Series" at the Deutschen Fernsehpreis.

In 2008, he played in Dennis Gansel's dramatic film La Vague. From 2009 to 2011, he played Dr. Maurice Knechtlsdorfer in the television series i>Le Journal de Meg created by Bora Dağtekin In 2013, he plays the role of Zeki Müller in the German comedy, i>Un Prof pas comme les autres de Bora Dağtekin. The same year he played in the German adventure film, i>The Oracle. He will take over the role of Zeki Müller in i>Un Prof pas comme les autres 2, released in September 2015 in Germany. In 2016, he acted in the comedy i>Willkommen bei den Hartmanns.

Robert Maillet

Samuel Blackwell

Retired Canadian professional wrestler turned actor. Trained under Bret Hart, Leo Burke and Stephen Petitpas. Debuted in 1989 as the Acadian Giant for Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling. Competed for years in Canada, Japan and South Korea, using the name Goliath El Gigante. Arrived in the U.S. in 1997 as the Interrogator of the Truth Commission, a team with the gimmick of a South African white supremacist paramilitary group, with the name being a reference to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Truth Commission (The Interrogator and Recon (Barry Buchanan)) were 3x USWA (United States Wrestling Association in Memphis) World Tag Team Champions. The Truth Commission (Interrogator, Recon, Sniper [Luc Poirier] and manager the Commandant (Robin Smith) debuted in WWE as heels (Smith was replaced by the Jackyl (Don Callis) in September). After the Jackyl took over the group, they evolved into more of a commando cult. Maillet was reintroduced on the December 8, 1997 "WWF Raw Is War" as Kurrgan, a name taken from Highlander (1986). Kurrgan and the Jackyl broke away from the Truth Commission, effectively ending the group. Kurrgan was built up as a monster heel, crushing his opponents with his claw hold the Paralyzer. He entered the 1998 Royal Rumble at #12. He eliminated Headbanger Mosh and Steve Blackman, and it took five guys, 8-Ball, Bradshaw, Ken Shamrock, Phineas I. Godwinn and the Rock, to eliminate him. He disappeared for a few months until he returned as a member of the Jackyl's new stable the Oddities on the June 15th "WWF Raw is War." After the Jackyl was replaced by Sable (Rena Mero) and the Insane Clown Posse joined the group, Kurrgan became a face (good guy) for the first time in his U.S. career. The Oddities by the end of 1998 were reduced to Kurrgan, Golga (John Tenta), the Giant Silva (Paulo Silva) and George 'The Animal' Steele and were jobbed out (lost all their matches) on the weekend B-shows "WWF Jakked" and "WWF Sunday Night Heat" and were all released in early 1999. Continued to compete in Canada and elsewhere before retiring and focusing on acting. He is also a former 2x ECCW (Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling in British Columbia, Canada) Heavyweight Champion.

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