The Mortal Instruments: Casting Jace Wayland

The Mortal Instruments: Casting Jace Wayland

With The Hunger Games casting over with, we’re moving on to another young adult book turned movie with a huge fan base — The Mortal Instruments.

There are three players on the board — Leebo Freeman, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Ed Speleers — to star as Jace Wayland, Clary Fray’s (Lily Collins) love interest in the film adaption, The Wrap reports.

According to the books, Jace “has fine wavy gold blond hair and eyes that look gold in the light and have long eyelashes. He has a slim, muscular build, and is about 5’11″. His face is described as being pretty and angular, and Clary often refers to him as beautiful and leonine, with a narrow mouth. Like all other Shadowhunters, he is covered in thin, silver scars from years of applying various magical runes with a stele for battle and healing purposes, as well as permanent runes.”

Just looking at the three contenders — JJJ thinking Leebo looks most like the description. Thoughts? Let us know in the poll and comments below!

Who Should Play Jace Wayland in 'The Mortal Instruments'?
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  • Ale

    No offense none of these actors can play jace well probably(Jamie Campbell Bower int he acting thing),But personaly ¬__¬ i’m still Alex Pettyfer 4 jace!!!

  • Kristen

    I love these books and Jace, but I doubt any actor will be able to play him well. Yes he is 17, but his sarcasm is more like damon salvatore or house. I am kind of tired of every book that is even a little bit popular being made into a movie.

  • Emma

    Not Leebo. -.- Please, please, no.

  • lol

    i personally suggest British Actor Freddie Stroma , he would be real good for the Role, Alex Petyfer aswell but he is total douche, doesnt deserve jobs after calling women cunts in a recent interview

  • Belle

    Alex Pettyfer would be perfect. If not, then Max Irons.

  • http://Pratrinity Pratrinity

    Not leebo not kiss lily in movie

    Love lily Collins

    Am fanclub

  • Nessa

    I cant see any of these guys playing Jace, their all just…i dont know, they just arnt how I envisioned jace. Even though Alex Pettyfer is apparently not that great, he still totally fits the part, I could see him pulling it off.

  • Lucy
  • Katie


    Totally agree!!

  • Dianne

    I don’t see Jace in any of them. But if I had to pick it would be Ed, still I think Alex would be great !

  • Bea

    I would honestly prefer Alex Pettyfer but if i had to choose from the 3,it would have to be Ed Speleers.

  • Midz

    I’m sorry but when I read that description of Jace straight away without any thought, hesitation or doubt I think of Alex Pettyfer! So why isn’t he one of the contenders! Plus nearly everyone who has read the book want Alex Pettyfer as Jace! But if I have to pick out of the 3 contenders above then I would pick Ed Speleers!

    Definitely a No No to Leebo!

  • saha

    still for Pettyfer!!!!!!

  • clickyoudie

    alex pettyfer is the only one who is perfect for jace. altough, he’s a real douche and not interest in TMI, so I suggest Max Irons!!

  • cristina

    why on Earth Alex Pettyfer is not in the mix… he is the favorite one for many people! Plus I agree with @Midz he is the one you picture when you read the book. Non of this actors look like Jace specially NOT LEEBO!

  • Alexa

    Lucy… you are so right, Benjamin Stone would make a great Jace!!

  • Elly

    omggg, LOVE these books. Can’t wait. They better cast someone good to play Jace.

  • Elly

    Okay, i agree. Alex Pettyfer or Ed Speeler.

  • Dena

    I still want Alex Pettyfer for Jace! But of these three “contenders” I’m rooting for Ed.

  • http://Cos823 Nickjayyy.

    Ehh… Out of these choice, obivously Ed.

  • pAU

    still rooting for alex pettyfer! but of the three of them I absolutely pick ed speelers! jamie looks SO GAY and wont be able to stand him as jace… and leebo… one word: CREEPY


    Ed would be the best pick of these three. The pickings here is pretty slim TBH. Worst choice would be the girly guy, Jamie. He’s not believable as Arthur in Camelot. He just can’t act.

  • melonie

    Alex all the way. So what he needs an attitude adjustment off screen. He was fine in I am number four. I am so tired of these movies being made with people who don’t fit the part.One of the reasons that twilight works is the casting. No matter what you say about the movie Robert and Kristen both look like the characters in the book. From Roberts angular face to Kristen awkward ticks. Casting and chemistry is what makes a movie.


    @lol: He was referring to the low life men in that interview actually. As he is British, not American, he knows a different culture. And people should take everything they read about Hollywood with a grain of salt anyway.

  • Val

    I LOVE both Ed and Jamie. In fact, I loved Ed for Peeta. But I gotta say, none of them fit Jace. Jace has this arrogant attitude which I can’t see any of them playing. Alex Pettyfer on the other hand… he’s got jace written all over him.

  • Skittles

    Alex Pettyfer – he is the one and only able to carry Jace with the style, grace and skills Jace deserves.

  • Chelsea

    I’m going to be disappointed if Alex Pettyfer doesn’t get the role, I’ve pictured him as Jace since reading the books a while back and I just can’t see any of these guys as doing a decent job.

  • alice

    alex pettyfer wont be able to do mortal instruments because he is casting for the last apprentice which is being shoot at the same time. but it’s true he perfectly fits jace

  • Akv

    im still lovin alex pettyfer 4 jace, ill proably cry if he doesnt go with it
    but i can sort of see ed as jace insted

  • Boxita

    ALEX PETTYFER ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  • http://@StephaniCardiel Stephania

    Debe ser ALEX PETTYFER sin duda alguna….!

  • 22VELS

    Alex Pettyfer Forever!!!

  • ALexdrandre

    Okay I want Alex Pettyfer to play Jace he is perfect for the part but I dont think he want to play it so let go on to the next best thing. Ed Speeler is perfect for Jace. Look at the cover of the first Book he fits better than the other two guys. Jamie Bell looks freaky wierd and the other one doesnt fit the part. I want alex to play but Ed is second best. Just my opinion what do yall think.

  • Paula

    @Emma: I’m with you. Leebo looks fake/tryhard bad boy. Which as a result just makes him look gay.

  • http://peprkat niki

    Who cares? Lily cannot act anyway, she needs to go back to the lautner-lovin in some hotel like she has all year. Producers are stuck on repeating famous names instead of looking for authenticity & talent.

  • http://peprkat niki

    moderately speaking, producers need to find real talent for all roles

  • Kat

    I agree, totally. He should totally be Jace. It fits the description perfectly.

  • Kat

    Umm….. Well, none of them fit. Alex Pettyfer is my best guess. Ed speelers would be my second guess.
    PLEASE cast Alex in the movie. He has an attitude to match Jace’s, and looks just like I imagined Jace. He is perfect.

  • Jusme

    I can’t see anyone else playing Jace but Alex Pettyfer!!! The other guys just dont cut it!

  • alex_fan #1

    Für mich ist und bleibt Alex Pettyfer der einzig ware Jace…!!!! Die anderen sehen überhaupt nicht aus wie Jace die sehen nicht so gut aus wie Jace!!! ALEX PETTYFER!!!!! Er ist der einzige Jace den es für mich gibt….also ich hoffe das er es wird sonst bin ich traurig:( :(
    ALEX ALEX ALEX ALEX ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mal

    Alex has no interest in the role of Jace, ok you guys? First he picked The Last Apprentice, and when that fell through he chose the role of a male stripper in an indie movie. We need someone who will really devote themselves to the role, and not merely take it because they offered him money. And while Jace can be an ass, he is NOT a douche, unlike AP

  • Juanita

    I think the Ed Speleers would be a good Jace, Leebo Freeman looks like he could play Jonathon, Clarys brother.

  • Mal

    Benjamin Stone is also an awesome contender for the role- and looks very much like how I saw Jace!

  • flo

    how about justin harley

  • rina

    YES although alex pettyfer would look right except his eyes but after him benjamin stone ist THE BEST

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