Alex Pettyfer to star in a YA franchise, but it may not be “The Mortal Instruments”

January 27, 2011 | Posted By In Casting | 1003 Views

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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 seriesThe 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.


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Lindsey prefers novels over films, but given that there are so many book-to-movie adaptations, these days she finds her eyes glued to the screen almost as much as the page. She majored in English and minored in Book/Media and Music History at the University of Toronto. Her favourite movie is Star Wars, but please don’t ask her about anything that isn’t the original trilogy as that is still a sensitive subject in her life. You can follow her on twitter @lindsey_allyson.