The Shadowhunters panel crowd at New York Comic-Con got a sneak peek at six minutes of the upcoming pilot, giving fans a small taste of what they can expect when the show premieres on Jan. 12. Namely: Clary Fray’s introduction to the mysterious world of the Shadowhunters, the Pandemonium Club, and, of course, Jace Wayland, with plenty of butt-kicking and Seraph blade-wielding to whet fans’ appetites for what’s to come.
Following the clip, the panelists – Alberto Rosende, Dominic Sherwood, Katherine McNamara, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Harry Shum Jr., and Isaiah Mustafa, along with McG, Ed Decter, and author Cassandra Clare — took the stage to chat all about the upcoming television adaptation of Clare’s The Mortal Instruments.
“For me, a huge part about this project that’s exciting is seeing what the fans think of everything,” Clare said. “They haven’t seen it, I haven’t seen it, so we’re going to experience it together.”
Clare asked fans to “keep an open mind,” while executive producer Decter assured the crowd it was the creative team’s intention to “honor” Clare’s work — and slip in a few surprises along the way. So, expect possibly a few new characters – some from Clare’s previous work. “What we tried to do was honor everything Cassie created,” Decter said. “But still throw in some surprises even for those real Mortal Instruments’ fans.”
According to director McG, it was important to “get it right,” and a major part of that was insuring the casting was spot-on, especially the role of heroine Clary, played by McNamara.
“I love Clary because she has this blend of strength and vulnerability,” McNamara said. “And she has a huge journey that only barely begins in the first season and I’m really excited to share it with you.”
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