The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Debuts New Trailer
04.02.13 by Ryan
"You are the key to our survival."
Now that the Twilight franchise is over, it seems that The Hunger Games is the heir apparent to the Young Adult audience that Twilight targeted, and it's not as if there hasn't been plenty of competition. Supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures quietly crept into theaters in February, but couldn't even crack the Top 5 at the box office its opening weekend, putting a sequel highly in doubt. The Host, again adapted from a novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, opened in theaters last weekend, yet it too couldn't make the top 5 movies, losing mostly to movies that are already a few weeks in release.
The next challenger for the 'tween audience is August's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which just debuted a new poster and trailer. It certainly has the usual elements for success: a hit novel series (written by Cassandra Clare), a love triangle, and a seemingly ordinary, teenage girl (Lily Collins) dropped into extraordinary circumstances.
Not that City of Bones is an exact replica of Twilight or The Hunger Games, but Collins' recent comments about playing lead character Clary Fray sound like she could have easily been talking about either Bella Swan or Katniss Everdeen. Said Collins to EW: "...the thing about [Clary] that I love is that she’s this strong, empowered young woman who is going through normal teenage life, and yet all these different crazy situations are thrown at her and she handles it with such grace."
Still, the story of City of Bones is slightly more fantasy-based than Twilight or Hunger Games, as it follows Clary's discovery that she is actually a descendent of half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters who protect the world from demons.
Directed by Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones co-stars Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace, Kevin Zegers and Jemima West as siblings Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, Lena Headey as Clary's mother and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the evil Shadowhunter Valentine.