Cassandra Clare just shared a new update on the casting for City of Bones movie adaptation. We have our Izzy! Jemima West, who stars as Vittoria in The Borgias, has been cast as the fierce and beautiful shadowhunter, Isabelle Lightwood.
Some questions that Cassie answered on her Variety (and her page):
“Will Jemima dye her hair/wear contacts to play Isabelle?”
She will surely dye her hair. Contacts probably, but some people/actors can’t wear them (Daniel Radcliffe never could, that’s why Harry always had blue-green eyes, allergies I think) so I cannot make promises about stuff that is basically “the costume department’s decision down the road in connection with the actor’s physical limitations.” I am assured they will do everything they can to make the actors fit the physical descriptions in the book, where appropriate.
“What was Jemima’s audition like?”
Really good! She did a scene with Clary, but she also did the scene where she talks about Alec being gay — “I love my brother, I’d do anything for him, but I can’t help him with this” and was lovely and passionate. I was like, That’s damn right, you love your brother! He’s a good guy! She convinced me.
Alec has also been cast but because of reasons, Cassie is not yet allowed to reveal who it is. But she did say that he is British, with dark hair, and we know him. I have feelings. Oh the feelings! Hopefully soon she'll be able to tell us and the torture will stop, and will just resume for the wait for the other characters.
Post note from Cassie:
I think she might give Izzy's character justice. And I trust Cassie's judgement on her audition. I still daydreaming other actors for the remaining parts. I'm anxious to see who they'll cast as Valentine and Luke, the same with Simon, Magnus, and Alec!
This is an amazing piece of update. Cheers!