Collins / City of Bones

The Oscar nomination for her performance in The Blind Side likely did wonders for Sandra Bullock’s career, but it looks like one of the lesser known supporting actresses will soon step into the spotlight. She should get some more attention with a role in Scott Stewart’s upcoming adaptation of the comic book Priest, but now Lily Collins (who played Bullock’s daughter) is lined up to lead an adaptation of her own. Collider learned Collins will play Clary Fray in adaptation of The City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Interestingly enough, Scott Stewart will also be directing this adaptation. Read on!

The series spans a trilogy of books, but it sounds like Stewart’s adaptation will only be of the first installment. Here’s a rundown:

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. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires.

This young adult novel doesn’t sound all that thrilling from the description, and frankly, more vampires and werewolves only turns me away from the story even further. However, if the trailer for Priest is any indication, director Scott Stewart may be able to bring something unique to these classic movie monsters. At 21-years old, Collins is slightly older than her 15-year old character in the books, but since she was able to pull of playing a high school age girl in The Blind Side, the age boundary shouldn’t be an issue. The story could easily be adapted for a slightly older female anyway. Anyone interested?