Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family has debuted a new series title Shadowhunters, which is based off of the best-selling book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
This is the second adaptation, the first being a feature-length film titled ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ starring Lily Collins (Love, Rosie), Jamie Campbell-Bower (Camelot), Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl) and Robert Sheehan (Misfits). The film was released in 2013, with no further sequels planned.
The show follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), who has just celebrated her birthday and goes to view a show that her best friend Simon (Alberto Rosende) is in. After the show, standing around Simon's van, she gets bumped into by a mysterious guy (Dominic Sherwood), who is shocked to know that she can see him. When her friends confirm that they could not see who she was talking to, she follows the mysterious guy into a club, hoping for answers.
Cast - While we started watching this with either our own versions of the characters in our heads or the previous film's version, it's always hard when an audience already has an idea of what these characters look and sound like, especially for well-beloved characters such as these.
However, Freeform nailed it. Katherine McNamara and Dominic Sherwood shine as Clary and Jace. We see the spirit of Clary brought to life with McNamara, and Jace's sassy attitude that we all love. Jace, to me, would be the hardest to cast but it seems Sherwood's portrayal has the perfect mix of the character and every time you see him on screen he demands attention.
Simon, who we get to know a lot in the books has found the perfect portrayal through Alberto Rosende. There's so much love for every character and actor. Matthew Daddario (Alec), Emeraude Toubia (Isabelle) and Harry Shum Jr. (Magnus) are all standouts in their own right.
True Adaptation - While yes, some changes have been made for the sake of turning the books into a television show, we think the show stays pretty close to the details and character specifics.
time: It seems that things are moving rather quickly, but that might be because we're used to the books and the pacing needs to change. It's not a big negative for us, though.