Shadowhunters cast
Katherine McNamara (pictured at the 2014 Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet) and Dominic Sherwood (pictured at the 2014 Los Angeles premiere of "Vampire Academy") will star in the ABC Family series "Shadowhunters." Reuters

The characters from Cassandra Clare’s wildly popular YA series “The Mortal Instruments” are coming to the small screen. In “Shadowhunters,” Clary, Jace and the rest of the gang will come together to continue the fantasy/adventure storyline first brought to life in the 2013 film “The Mortal Instruments: The City Of Bones.” The movie’s stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will not reprise their roles of Clary and Jace, respectively, for the forthcoming ABC Family series.

The Hollywood Reporter has shared that Katherine McNamara of the now defunct MTV series “Happyland“ and the upcoming "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" will play Clary Fray, a normal teenage girl who finds out she has otherworldly powers. “Vampire Academy“ actor Dominic Sherwood, who is perhaps best known for his off-screen romance with “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland, was confirmed to be playing Clary's love interest Jace Wayland last month.

The actors made their excitement over the casting announcement known on Twitter Wednesday. “I am overwhelmed by the love & support from the @Shadowhunters TV fandom… You are such angels! Can’t wait to share this ride w you!” McNamara wrote on her account. “Yes!!! Well done @Kat_McNamara cannot wait to start!!” Sheerwood responded. “Let’s start protecting the human world from downworlders!!!”

Also rounding out the “Shadowhunters” cast includes two entertainment business newcomers. Alberto Rosender will play Clary’s best friend Simon Lewis. Emeraude Toubia is set to star as Jace’s unofficial sister Isabelle Lightwood.

It appears the ABC Family series will follow the storyline put forth in Clares’s first “Mortal Instruments” installment. “When her mother is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold,” the Hollywood Reporter shared of the show’s plot.

The series is expected to begin filming in Toronto later this month. There is no premiere date set for the 13-episode program.

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