After some dithering among several pretty young blond boy actors, Screen Gems and director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) have chosen Jamie Campbell Bower to play Jace Wayland in the adaptation of City of Bones, Cassandra Clare‘s first The Mortal Instruments novel. Alex Pettyfer was once in the running but bowed out. Jaime Campbell Bower almost certainly has to be a better choice, anyway, though I haven’t seen enough of his work to say that with certainty. (He had small parts in New Moon and Sweeney Todd, played Arthur in Camelot, and will be in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming Anonymous.)

The book starts off like so: When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped.

Lily Collins, playing Clary, might be the determining factor with respect to the shoot schedule, as she is also set to be the lead in Tarsem’s Snow White film. That one has to shoot very soon, since it is set for a March 2012 release. So The Mortal Instruments will likely shoot later this summer or in early fall. [Deadline]

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We at /Film are well aware of how much you guys love Twilight news, so we try our best to keep you updated on the latest in the phenomenally popular sparkling-vampire series. To that end, we have a batch of new The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 images that have just been released via press release, just days after we posted the last set of stills. You’re welcome.

The new photos include images of Michael Sheen and Jamie Campbell Bower (a.k.a. Gellert Grindelwald from the Harry Potter series) as vampire coven leaders Aro and Caius, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) looking tough on a motorcycle, and Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) playing chess in what appears to be a Pottery Barn catalog. Mull ‘em over after the jump.

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For his latest film, Anonymous, Roland Emmerich departs from his established world-busting pattern…or does he? While the film doesn’t feature scenes of overt global destruction as per 2012 and Independence Day, the movie does seek to drop a bomb on the literary world by taking seriously the conspiracy theory that says the works of William Shakespeare were in fact penned by someone else.

The cast is quite good (Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower and Derek Jacobi) and now you can get a taste of how this particular dramatic experiment plays out by checking out the trailer below. Read More »

Heat Vision has gotten a hold of the short list of actors (and actresses) being considered for the lead roles in director Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer. he 3D fantasy/adventure project has been billed as an “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The plot summary is as follows: “When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.”

According to the report, Singer and the studio are hoping to do screen tests for the male and female leads in London within the next two weeks. Which actors and actresses are in line for the film? Find out after the jump.

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LONDON BOULEVARD

Awards Daily has found the first official photo from William Monahan’s London Boulevard on ONTD. Monahan is the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. Boulevard is Monahan’s directorial debut.

Based on the novel by Ken Bruen, this London-based crime drama stars Colin Farrell as “a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (played by Keira Knightley) and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster.”

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New Sweeney Todd Photos and “Forgive” TV Ad

Sweeney Todd

Paramount has sent us three new stills and a television advertisement (titled “Forgive”) from Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film is of course  based on the hit Broadway musical which tells the infamous story of Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter). The photos also feature Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin, and Jamie Campbell Bower as Anthony Hope. Check out the photos and video below. Click on the images to enlarge.

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