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‘The Mortal Instruments’ stars busy in TV & film for 2014

The cast members of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones are incredibly talented actors that we all enjoy watching perform. With it being the new year we are sure many of you would like to know what movies and television shows you all can see them in this year, what they are currently working on, and what they will be working on soon. So, below is a list of each actor along with all of that information. Release dates will be provided as well if they have been made available. This should hold everyone over throughout the year while we wait for more news regarding City of Ashes.

Jamie Campbell Bower (aka Jace Wayland)

Movie: Overdrive
Role: Garrett
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
A pair of handsome and adventurous brothers, known for being high-profile car thieves, travel to the South of France looking for new challenges and come across a tough local crime boss.


Lily Collins (aka Clary Fray)

Movie: Love, Rosie
Role: Rosie Dunne
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
Rosie and Alex are best friends. They are suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Can their friendship survive years and miles? Will they gamble everything for true love?

Robert Sheehan (aka Simon Lewis)

Movie: Anita B.
Role: Eli
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: January 16th, 2014

Movie: Begin the Beguine
Role: Nikolai
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown

Movie: The Road Within
Role: Vincent
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
A young man with Tourette’s Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother’s ashes.

Movie: Caesar
Role: Mark Antony
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
A chilling film adaptation of Shakespeare’s shocking tale of ambition, betrayal, murder and… the supernatural.

Jemima West (aka Isabelle Lightwood)

Movie: F2014
Role: Annette Rimet
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown

Movie: Kidnapping Freddy Heineken
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

 Kevin Zegers (aka Alec Lightwood)

Movie: The Curse of Downers Grove
Role: Unknown
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
A teen angst thriller at a high school gripped by an apparent curse that claims the life of a senior every year. Story follows a senior, Chrissie, who is skeptical, and another, Tracy, who believes that she may be the next victim.

Movie: Into the Americas
Role: John Jewitt
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
Young English seaman John Jewitt is one of only two European survivors left after his crewmates clash with Mowachaht Indians on the west coast of North America. Torn between his desire for freedom and his love for an Indian maiden, Jewitt must choose one or the other.

Movie: Road to Capri
Role: Daniel
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
One dead father. Two mothers. Two brothers who didn’t know they were brothers. One inheritance.

Lena Headey (aka Jocelyn Fray)

Movie: The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Role: Monica
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: January 10th, 2014
Plot Summary:
Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic… In THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX, seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!


Movie: Low Down
Role: Sheila Albany
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: January 19th, 2014

Plot Summary:
A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and ’70s jazz scene.

Movie: 300: Rise of an Empire
Role: Queen Gorgo
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: March 7th, 2014
Plot Summary:
After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.


TV Series: Game of Thrones
Role: Cersei Lannister
Season 4 Premieres in 2014

Plot Summary:
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between the houses Stark, Lannister and Baratheon, and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

Movie: The Poisoners
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
During World War I, a group of women who are left behind inan English farming community become romantically involved with several German prisones of war.

Aidan Turner (aka Luke Garroway)

Movie: The Hobbit: There And Back Again
Role: Kili
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Plot Summary:
The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (aka Valentine Morgenstern)

TV Series: DRACULA
Role: Alexander Grayson/Dracula/Vlad Tepes
Season 1 is Currently Airing
Plot Summary:
It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. 

Movie: London Town
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
In 70’s London, a 14 year oldboy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother and it changes his life forever.

Jared Harris (Hodge Starkweather)

Movie: Pompeii
Role: Lucretius
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: February 21st, 2014
Plot Summary:
A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Movie: The Quiet Ones
Role: Professor Coupland
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: April 25th, 2014
Plot Summary:
A University physics professor assembles a team to help create a poltergeist.

Movie: The Boxtrolls
Role: Unknown (Voice)
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: September 26th, 2014
Plot Summary:
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

Movie: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Movie: Poltergeist
Role: Carrigan Burke
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

Kevin Durand (aka Emil Pangborn)

TV Series: The Strain
Role: Vasiliy Fet
Season 1 Pilot Episode Premieres in 2014
Plot Summary:
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.

Movie: Winter’s Tale
Role: Cesar Tan
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Plot Summary:
A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of rincarnation, he sets out to save her.

Movie: The Captive
Role: Mika
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
A father tries to track down his kidnapped daughter.

Movie: Noah
Role: Og
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: March 28th, 2014
Plot Summary:
The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Movie: Signal
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: Unknown

Robert Maillet (aka Samuel Blackwell)

TV Series: The Strain
Role: The Master
Season 1 Pilot Episode Premieres in 2014
Plot Summary:
(See Above since Kevin Durand is in it as well.)

Movie: Brick Mansions
Role: Yeti
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: February 7th, 2014
Plot Summary:
An undercover cop tries to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a neutron bomb by infiltrating his gang.

Movie: Hercules
Role: Executioner
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: July 25th, 2014
Plot Summary:
Having enduring his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when te King of Thrace and his daugher seek his aid in dfeating a tyrannical warlord.

Chris Ratz (aka Eric)

TV Series: 24 Hour Rental
Role: Junior
Currently Airing

TV Series: Bitten
Role: Jack
Season 1 Premieres on January 13th, 2014
Plot Summary:
Bitten centers on Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf who, years after being bitten, is working as a photographer in Toronto and trying to keep mum about her secret. She’s forced to confront her past, though, when a bunch of bodies turn up at a werewolf sanctuary. Based off the “Otherworld” book series by Kelley Armstrong.

Jared Harris to star in ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ Film

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and ‘Mad Men’ star Jared Harris will be joining the cast of Guy Ritchie’s spy film ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.‘.

The Hollywood Reporter released this news:

“Warner Bros. announced that its big-screen take on the classic 1960s spy TV series will big production on Sept. 9, shooting in England, with location filming also in Italy, Rome and Naples.
The film follows special agents Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), who work for the mysterious United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Alicia Vikander also stars as the female lead in the pic, while Hugh Grant has a supporting role.”

“Ritchie is directing and co-wrote the script with Lionel Wigram. Ritchie and Wigram also are producing under their new production shingle, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. John Davis (Chronicle) and Steve Clark-Hall (RocknRolla) are also producing while David Dobkin is executive producing.” 

“English actor Harris previously worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, in which he starred as Professor James Moriarty. His recent film work includes a role in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the upcoming Pompeii. He’s repped by Independent Talent Group, Paradigm and Gateway Management Company.”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘Mortal Instruments’ star Jared Harris shares insight on Hodge Starkweather

Mortal Instruments’ Hodge, Jared Harris, and fiancee, Allegra Riggio, chats with me on the red carpet!
(Photo: Amber/TMI Institute)
Making dreams come true. That’s what I can say about the people pictured above. For those who don’t know Jared Harris and Allegra Riggio, I can tell you that they are truly the coolest people on the planet. Besides being in some of the most fantastic TV shows and film (Mad Men, Fringe, Sherlock Holmes, Pompeii), Jared managed to very successfully capture the elusive Hodge Starkweather, leader and mentor for the Shadowhunters in the New York Institute.

The girls at The Mortal Institute got to know Jared’s fiancee, Allegra Riggio, through is a champion of his work and a very cool girl in her own right. Allegra showed several of my friends and I the best time in LA and for that I’ll be eternally grateful. I know that we’ve made a friend for life, and so, so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know them both while on this fantastic journey. In the picture to the left is us at the end of an adventurous journey through the Hollywood Hills. It was a blast and I’ll never, ever forget it.


Here’s my red carpet interview with Jared Harris at the Los Angeles premiere!




Before all this, I sat down with fellow TMI bloggers, Katie from Mundie Moms, Kristen from TMI Movie News and Erin from Fangirlish, to talk to Jared about his work as Hodge.

Katie, Mundie Moms: What you did with Hodge is really amazing. Hodge to me is one of those characters that you kind of get shocked by what he does. At first you think, what a jerk I can’t believe he did that, but you made it believe. Like you saw what he was battling between. He knew stuff but he was stuck in this Institute. You made me kind of feel bad for him where I’d never felt bad forhim before.


Jared: Well that’s good. That was part of the appeal of playing the character is that he is conflicted. He knows the right thing to do but he doesn’t do it. That’s always interesting to watch. We’re put in that situation as people all the time. You know what the right thing to do it and you hope you’ll do the right thing. And of course the thing that Harald added to it was that. In the book there is that long scene where he explains why he’s done what he’s done. It’s like nine pages long and you couldn’t have a nine-page long scene in the movie at that point. He decided that it’s almost that Hodge went back on himself over what he’d done, and he decided to dramatize that and use that in the movie.
What do you feel is one of Hodge’s redeeming qualities? Because I think there’s so much of him we don’t get. So Hodge actually steps up and does the right thing in the end. And it was just another interesting twist. Harald, who is the director, loves the character. I think that’s another reason why Moriarty worked is that  (Sherlock Holmes director) Guy (Ritchie), he loves villains. He’s interested in them and understands them. I’d say at least half of the success of that performance was down to Guy. He really understood. I think there is an edited version of that movie where probably I made some pretty bad choices and luckily he didn’t use those because he understood how Moriarty was supposed to come across.


Katie, Mundie Moms: I almost want to call him an evil genius. You understood that he believed so strongly in his convictions even if they were wrong. You got that he was so passionate about it. You got both of these characters so well.


Jared: The difference is that Moriarty has does not have a moral compass at all. In fact he thinks of it as being chains that constricts his actions and what he wants to do. Hodge definitely has a moral compass. He understands what it is. He’s just been twisted so far off course but he’s aware of how far off course he’s been twisted.


Katie, Mundie Moms: What do you think is one of Hodge’s most redeeming qualities because I think there is a lot of him that we don’t get.


Jared: I think, and  this is again one of the discussions I had with Harald, was because he [Hodge] couldn’t be around all the kids for as long he’s around them and he’s training them, he’s responsible for their safety and not care about them. And that’s sort of part of what motivates the way he turns is that he watches what Valentine is doing to the two of them (Clary and Jace) and at that point he decides, he’s the only one who seems them being beaten up in that way and being abused or hurt, killed possibly. He is not brave enough to confront Valentine, he won’t be able to best him so he decides to go and distort his plans. But that is something we talked about, you develop these really strong attachment to these kids because you watched them growing up and help them to understand what their role was going to be. Plus you know that their, the whole mythology in the story is that the bloodline is dying out because their losing the war and they won’t use the cup to create more shadowhunters. So eventually the idea is that you want a pack full of people and over the centuries as slowly the numbers have gotten thinner and thinner. You also know that these kids are almost like the last of their kind and they’re not going to survive either.


Amber, The Mortal Institute: What scene was the most fun for you to do? 

Jared: The fighting scenes? Because when I heard they were doing the fight, oh yeah I gotta get a hold of him and then he grabs it, it was an odd moment.


Amber, The Mortal Institute: Yeah I tried to talk to Allegra, “what does he like? what does he not like?”

Jared: Are you Amber? Hey!

Amber, The Mortal Institute: I’m Amber, nice to meet you! When you first got the script for Hodge, what was your impression of him?

Jared: He reminded me a little of … I mean you start to play this game when you’re taking on a role, who does he remind of you from people in your life and he reminded me of masters at school, when I was a kid at school, certain aspects of them and there was something to me in particularly in terms of the moustache and stuff like that where he sort of somewhere you gotta imagine these people living normal length lives. They wouldn’t have lived 200-300 years. He’s sort of the retired pilot or something, you know there’s a different generation about him that those teachers had to me and a lot of them actually had experience in the second world war, you know they were retired. There was a certain sort of brusqueness about them, but also that they had favorites amongst the students because they’d be there with the students for seven or eight years. They’d have favorite students and students they didn’t like at all.You’d never catch a break with them. You start to build things like that in your head about the character. For me what i liked about it that we talked about in the very beginning was that switches that you make. You get to make three impressions with that character which is really good and that’s structured into the story. You get to play with the audience and how they feel about your character. That makes for a memorable impression.


Kristen, TMI Movie News: I have a question about Hodge seems a bit broken and defeated by outside forces and time and experience so is there anything that has happened in your life that you drew upon in this experience? I’m so sorry if that’s really personal.

Jared:  Are you qualified for this conversation? Do you have a PhD? I’ll hire you as my shrink. Yeah, I mean everyone has stuff you would draw on that you would sit down. And again that was one of the twists Harald made is that, in the book he [Hodge] is actually cursed and he [Harald] wanted to suggest that he was mental, that he cursed himself, that they may have cursed him they may have said, “this is what you’re going to do”. The suggestion from the story that it exists in his mind rather than some sort of spell that gets lifted in this CGI cloud that lifts up or something. He wanted, part of his whole approach to his story is he wanted the world to seem very real in that sense and that’s why we have these huge sets and everything was built and all the stunts were done by the actors and didn’t want there to be wires and stuff like that. So that the audience felt that this world was a very real world. And that was one of the sort of the key stones in that  idea that it was in Hodge’s head, that idea.


Kristen, TMI Movie News I wanted to get him a shrink and a prozac and like hug him, like you know what I mean. I felt bad for him, in the book I was kind of like “whatever” but you made me feel for the character I felt bad for him, in the book I kinda really was like “whatever” you know but you actually made me feel for the character where in the book I was like I can do with or without. Well your portrayal of him I mean, like he didn’t see how good he was, like he didn’t see how experienced and what a great thing he could’ve been, a good force he could have been.

Jared: Yeah right, that’s the idea that he/we used to be, he was bad but there was something about that was again we pulled from the book was that they all came up together and their idea about how to save the world which is what they’re literally doing. They had a different way that they thought they should go about it and it went horribly wrong and you had aligned yourself with that. And seeing it go wrong, you’re responsible for that so yeah I think he, from that moment on that guy was crippled.


Erin, Fangirlish: Yeah there’s that scene, where Hodge is sitting down and he’s like, “Well I got you the cup” and Valentine is like, “You didn’t give me the cup.” And your character just physically deflates and that’s right then I was like, “Oh my gosh that really breaks my heart”. And I NEVER felt like that for Hodge, it was just the intensity that you and Jonathan had together on the screen. I mean you brought that, it was amazing that whole scene. What was it like filming that with him?

Jared: Well I mean, that moment when he rises up out of the portal was just this whole new energy that started in the movie. It was just this sort of rage and malevolence that came out and everyone certainly went, “Holy s*** that guy has arrived, he’s f****** crazy.” And Jonathan is incredibly intense, you know he’s totally 100% committed, if you could be a thousand percent committed, he would be. He really would work himself up to an intense state 30 seconds before he would start shooting, he would rattle everybody. Yeah well you know to get himself ready so when it’s turned on, he’s not that way in real life obviously. We worked together on “B. Monkey” so we had a good history with each other and in that sense it was like old mates, muckers meeting up again which worked for the story you know.


Katie, Mundie Moms: Yeah and I loved that they’ve released a little, couple weeks ago the pictures they have taken of the circle and I love that because you hear, you re-read about it, you mentally visualize it. But then seeing that and seeing that in the movie, it was so great to actually see the connection and the history that Jocelyn, Hodge, Valentine and all these people had, and even Luke, it’s kind of heartbreaking to see the disconnect that’s now been caused.


Jared: Which is, I think again that one of the things why the story works that it is sort of an allegory  in that sense it’s like looking at old family photos of your uncles and your cousins and your mom and dad and everything. They had this entire life before you’ve arrived and some of the people they don’t talk to anymore and why is that and no one wants to talk about it but someone gets drunk at Christmas and start to find a little bit more about them *laughs*.

Erin, Fangirlish: It’s more of a comment that I feel like, I mean I know you know that you guys go into it to make the best movie possible but I think what we’ve told everybody coming in is that you know we’re die hards, like we’ve been doing this since like 2007. And I feel like even though you didn’t go into this [movie] to honor fans, you have done such an honor by staying true to the book and by delivering these performances that generally moved us to the point that we’re like, we’re not allowed to say anything but we literally wanted to shout into the rooftops and we stayed up until 3 o’clock in the morning talking in our beds and going, “oh my god do you remember this.” So I mean a thank you doesn’t seem like enough to us because what you did is you brought our dreams come to life.

Jared: That’s so sweet of you to say that, that exact conversation was one that I had with Robert Kulzer, the producer and Harald and specifically about that first scene with Lily. Where we explained a lot of the mythology of the story and the world and we just kept going back to the book and saying if there’s a line in the book that works instead of a line we’ve written let’s use the line in the book. Because we must we wanted to honor the mythology that’s been created and it’s really important to do that.

New HQ Photos from ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’! Inside the Institute Library!

Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris)
 
Mortal Movie has released three more stills from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie!
 
These new photos are from within the library of the New York Institute.

 
 
 

 What did you guys think of these new stills? Feel free to leave your comments below!

PHOTOS: New HQ ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Stills!

Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Valentine Morgenstern (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) 
New movie stills from the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris) and Valentine
Emil Pangborn (Kevin Durand) and Samuel Blackwell (Robert Maillet)
Valentine and Clary.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters this Wednesday!