Meet the Cast of ABC Family’s ‘Shadowhunters’

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When it was announced that the producers of The Mortal Instruments were rebooting the franchise and taking it to television, I was SO happy. For years, I felt that Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult series was a perfect fit for television. The Mortal Instruments is a pretty epic tale that can only be fully appreciated when you give the characters the chance to introduce you to their world and build up to certain narrative points. The movie adaptation didn’t really succeed in doing that, actually proving that Clary’s adventure is much better suited for the TV format.

Therefore, I’ve been closely following the casting announcements for Shadowhunters, which will air on ABC Family and will be produced by McG (The O.C., Chuck, Supernatural), who will also serve as director for the first episode. (If you’re not following McG on Twitter yet, you should; he posts behind-the-scenes pictures from the Shadowhunters set.) I have to say I’m impressed by the cast members they have chosen. All of them look like they fit their roles, and I appreciate how diverse the cast is.

However, for the most part, these actors are unknowns. We may have seen them before, but we can’t say for sure if they’ll convince us as some of our favorite book characters. I decided to take some time to research the main cast to help introduce them to both new and old fans of the Shadowhunter world before the premiere in 2016.

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  • CAT

    I AM LAUGHING MY HEAD OFF!!!!! Who ever wrote this wrote Luke Galloway instead of Luke Garroway!!! i cant even right now.

  • Really pissed off right now

    Wow your characters are all right. I guess I’ll learn to love them after a while. But LuKE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THAT have YOu EvEn reAd the BoOKS?!

  • Annika Aanenson

    We still need a madam Dorothea, and don’t forget Simon’s friends like Eric!!

  • Elizabeth

    honestly, I don’t like the cast. Simon looks gay (I have nothing against them, just saying) Nathan Sheehan should’ve stayed playing Simon. clary looks more seductive, while she should look innocent and sweet and fragile. Jace looks high, I think Jaimie bower should’ve also stayed playing him.

    • ElizaMadness

      Robert Sheehan was a good fit for Simon I agree plus Aidan Turner as Luke, but otherwise the actors who played Clary and Isabelle and Alec looked too old for their parts and tbh their acting skills weren’t the best.

  • IfYouCKaye :3

    i am disappointed i was really rooting for this. its ok if they dont really hit the bullseye on the character physique (well the character has to have some key features from the book of course; and i agree the luke is a big nono) but if they could just keep true to the story that would be better.

  • S.Rodriguez

    This is wrong why can’t the same people from the movie just be in the show, I will not be watching. I’ll keep to my books and the movie. Sorry but this is a let down :'(

  • Ruby

    Are they even going to include Sebastian aka the real Jonathan morganstern and most of the characters they chose should be older like seriously

  • Jessica

    I was so sad to see what they have done to not only the characters but the storyline that I have loved for so long. I feel like they’ve used Cassandra’s book for nothing but a dictionary to fit better sounding words into the series. They have added character and completely rushed episodes, I thought the whole point to make it into a tv series would be to give more background information and really focus on the storyline.
    It really is a shame with what they have done…