It seems like Jonathan Rhy Meyers rarely gets to do ordinary, contemporary-setting, playing a mortal projects. He’s just come off a run as the larger than life Henry VIII in Showtime’s “The Tudors” and recently signed on to star in a Dracula TV series. Now we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Rhys Meyers will join the cast of another supernatural story: “The Mortal Bones: City of Ashes.” Harald Zwart is directing the adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s YA novel. Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King wrote the script.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
Rhys Meyers will play Valentine Morgenstern, described as “a powerful but insane Shadowhunter looking to make the world pure at any cost.” Sounds fun.
Lily Collins stars as Clary, and the rest of the cast includes Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis, Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood, Kevin Durand as Emil Pangborn, Robert Maillet as Samuel Blackwell, Lena Headey as Jocelyn Fray, Jared Harris as Hodge Starkweather, and Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane.
Production is supposed to begin next month in Toronto.