WonderCon 2013: 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Panel & Posters

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WonderCon 2013: 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Panel & Posters

Like its better-known sibling Comic-Con, WonderCon is ostensibly a comic book convention, but has grown to encompass so much more than the adventures of spandex-wearing superheroes.  Films that aren't based on comics and don't involve giant monsters fighting, for example, are showcased in Anaheim.

One such film at this year's con is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a fantasy-drama based on the young adult novel by Cassanda Clare.  As part of the Sony Picture presentation on Saturday, WonderCon's arena hosted a panel presentation promoting The Mortal Instruments, with Clare in attendance alongside stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Kevin Zegers.

Not only did the panel show off a new trailer for attendees, but a pair of new character posters bring home the fun for fans unable to make it Southern California this weekend.

Following a Q&A session, the panel showed off the film's new trailer, which should be arriving online in the near future. 

The trailer included no small amount of dark fantasy imagery reminiscent of many a familiar supernatural actioner and even sprinkled in some humor.  Mostly, though, the trailer was concerned with conveying the bares bones (no pun intended) of the story to those unfamiliar with Clare's novels.  As with the teaser trailer, this one relied heavily on voiceover from Jared Harris. That story follows Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary fifteen year-old girl who witnesses a strange murder while out on the town and discovers she possesses "The Sight," a skill indicating that she's the descendent of Shadowhunters, fallen angels who fight demons on Earth. 

With her mother having inexplicably gone missing, Fray joins up with the Shadowhunters, who introduce her to an alternate Manhattan known as Downworld, populated by demons and all manner of supernatural creatures.

The aforementioned humor was most evident in a scene where Clare, accompanied by her fellow Shadowhunters, runs into an old acquaintance.  Her old friend is stunned by Clary's transition from ordinary teenager to badass Shadowhunters, who typically wear lots of leather and sport endless tattoos.  Luckily for this normal citizen, her compatriots were invisible to all but Clary.

During the Q&A, Clare (a pseudonym of Judith Rumelt) revealed that she unexpectedly involved in the production, working closely with director Harold Zwart on casting and production design in particular.  The rare author to see her work become a movie, Clare remarked upon the oddity of essentially hanging out with her characters on set and inhabiting environments she had only dreamed of before.  She also said that she makes a cameo appearance in the film, wearing cat ears during a party thrown by a character called Magnus Bane.

Clare has written six novels in this series.  The success of some vaguely similar franchises has Sony Pictures hoping that City of Bones will kickstart a film franchise of six more movies bearing The Mortal Instruments in their titles. 

Collins said she's eager to play Clary Fray in continued installments, saying  "If you'll have me as Clary, I'm willing to be a redhead for awhile."

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is scheduled to arrive in theaters nationwide on August 23rd.

And here are the posters, which debuted at Yahoo! Movies and feature Collins and Bower as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland:

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