The people behind The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones must have thought they had a major hit on their hands. While it’s common for sequels to be put into development before the first movie is released (in Hollywood terms, paying a screenwriter for a first draft of a script is comparatively cheap), but in this case they’d already started casting the likes of Sigourney Weaver in City Of Ashes. However when City Of Bones only grossed $90 million around the world, the likelihood of adaptations of Cassandra Clare’s other books seemed far less likely. [Read more…]
Kevin Zegers is currently in cinemas with The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, where quite unusually for a mainstream fantasy/action movie, he’s playing a character who’s gay. He’s been having a pretty busy time, as not only has he been promoting Mortal Instruments (including talking about his character’s sexuality) and getting married, the 28-year-old has also found time to pose for some sexy pics for Flaunt Magazine.
As well as Mortal Instuments, Zegers has been seen in the likes of Transamerica, Dawn Of The Dead, Wrong Turn and It’s A Boy Girl Thing. And now he can be seen looking very hot on this page with his shirt off.
You don’t often get gay character in major mainstream movies, except perhaps playing the fool in romantic comedies. However, after the very straight worlds of Twilight and The Hunger Games, the upcoming The Mortal Instuments: City Of Bones is shaking things up in the young adult world with the inclusion of the gay Alec Lightwood, played by 28-year-old Kevin Zegers.
Now the recently married actor has been talking to Bello, via E!, about the role and his attitude towards gay characters in major movies like this. “The thing that I didn’t want was for him to be some generic, prototypical character, what people would expect from the gay character,” Zegers said. “For me, it was about creating a character whose sexuality didn’t matter…I actually don’t think it’s that big of a fucking issue anymore. Certainly not with me, and especially not with the generation that read this book. So it wasn’t something that we really focused on.
“But one thing I was aware of was the fact that there haven’t been many great examples of a really strong gay character, one of the leads in a really big movie who happens to be gay and who’s also kind of a bad-ass.”
The movie is about Clary Fray (Lily Collins), who thinks she is an ordinary teenager until she discovers that she’s part of a secret cadre of half-angel warriors – the Shadowhunters – who are tasked with protecting humanity in an ancient battle against demonic forces.
When Clary’s mother is kidnapped, she discovers a secret connection to fellow Shadowhunter Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and that beneath surface of the city exists another world…one she unknowingly belongs to. As both Clary and best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) are drawn into this dark and dangerous world, Clary realises Jace is both the key to uncovering her past and protecting her future.
Assuming the movie follows Cassandra Clare’s books, Alec is another Shadowhunter. He starts out being in denial (at least publicly) about his sexuality, which makes him rather angry. He’s initially attracted to Jace, but later in the series, when he realises his feelings will never be returned, he starts to date and falls in love with Magnus Bane, a warlock who is immortal and 800 years old.
We also have to say, Zegers is looking good on the Bello cover! [Read more…]
Twilight and The Hunger Games have been licenses to print cash, but as the likes of Beautiful Creatures and The Host have shown, the young adult fantasy market is very fickle – there’s no middle ground, it either breaks the bank or flops badly. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will certainly be hoping for the former on it August release. Now we have a new trailer to see if it looks like it’ll be worth a look.
Here’s the synopsis for Cassandra Clare’s novel: ‘In the series’ first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.’
Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kevin Zegers and more star, with Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) directing. You can also see a couple of new character posters below.
When Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers signed on to star in The Colony, not much was revealed about the plot, other it ”revolves around a group of survivors forced underground by the next ice age. There, they must fight to preserve humanity against a savage threat.’
Now we get to see a bit more with the release of the first trailer. Coming Soon has a lengthier synopsis, which says, ‘Set during the next ice age, an outpost of colonists struggle to survive below the world’s frozen surface. Short on supplies, and plagued by illness and internal conflict, the colonists suspect the worst when they mysteriously lose contact with their only other known settlement, Colony 5. When Colony 7’s leader Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) decides to lead an expedition to discover what happened, he is challenged by Mason (Bill Paxton), his former comrade-in-arms, who has his own ideas of what is best for the colonists. Briggs takes two volunteers on the mission, the young Graydon, and Sam (Kevin Zegers), a strong-willed mechanic who seizes the opportunity to confront the icy wasteland that orphaned him. When they reach their destination, the team discover a threat much worse than nature and must battle to save themselves and protect their fellow colonists in what might be humanity’s last stand.’
No UK date is currently set, but it hits US theatres on April 12th. And take a look at the poster below.
Bella Heatcote was one of the best things in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and has also been seen in In Time and Killing Them Softly. Now she’s got a new role, as Variety reports that she and Penelope Mitchell have joined Lucas Till, Jill Hennessy and Kevin Zegers in Derick Martini’s indie thriller, The Curse Of Downers Grove.
The movie is about a supposed curse that takes the life of one high school student every year, and a high school seniors growing paranoia that it might be them. The script comes from Hick helmer Martini and Bret Easton Ellis, based on Michael Hornburg’s 2001 novel.
There’s no news on exactly who Heathcote and Mitchell will play, although presumably they’ll be students at the school. The plan is to shoot this spring.
Transamerica and It’s A Boy Girl Thing star Kevin Zegers has joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for director Harald Zwart, based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult novel. And even better, the hot young star is set to play gay in the film. The news hasn’t been officially announced yet, but Just Jared says Zegers has the role.
The movie is about Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a young woman living in New York City who discovers she comes from a long line of demon hunters. Zegers is set to play Alec Lightwood, the gay brother of Jemima West’s Isabelle. He despises Clary since he is in love with Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), but Jace has feelings for Clary. Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Lena Headey, Jared Harris and Robert Sheehan also star.
Filming is set to begin August 20th in Toronto.