Despite the absolute hysteria that ensued within “The Mortal Instruments” fanbase earlier this week when it was reported that Alex Pettyfer was in talks to star opposite Lily Collins in the on-screen adaptation of “City of Bones”, the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s popular book series, it seems that Pettyfer may be rejecting the offer in favor of another film. Although Clare, as well as the majority of the series’ fans, regarded Pettyfer to be the perfect actor to portray the Shadowhunter Jace Wayland, according to Vulture, he’s been offered the lead role in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s best-selling YA series “The Last Apprentice.”
“The Last Apprentice” series, known as “The Wardstone Chronicles” in the U.K., is about a teenage boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700s. No other roles have been cast, but an offer has been made to Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges to star as the protagonist’s mentor. Also possibly attached to the project is Jennifer Lawrence, another prevalent name this awards season.
Pettyfer admitted to reading and enjoying Clare’s series, but it’s been reported that he’s an even bigger fan of Delaney’s books. Despite being offered a sweet deal by Screen Gems, it doesn’t look to good for “The Mortal Instruments” fans. Whatever project Pettyfer decides to take in the end, it’s clear that he’s having no problem establishing himself as YA franchise royalty.