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Pettyfer Choosing Last Apprentice Over Mortal Instruments?

Just a week after word first circulated that Screen Gems wanted I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer for its take on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling fantasy series The Mortal Instruments, Vulture reports the young actor is passing on that adaptation in favor of another: Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ The Last Apprentice.

Known in the U.K. as The Wardstone Chronicles, Joseph Delaney’s bestselling young-adult fantasy is about a boy with second sight — he’s the seventh son a seventh son — trained by the County Spook, whose job it is fight ghosts, witches and creatures of the night.

The 20-year-old Pettyfer would of course play the apprentice, Thomas J. Ward, who’s only 12 when the series begins. According to Vulture, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class) are being offered the roles of County Spook John Gregory and a suspected witch (presumably Alice Deane).

Sergey Bodrov (Nomad, Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) is set to direct, which Vulture contends appeals to Pettyfer.


  • mrswinchester24

    Yep, he looks like he’s 12 lol. I really hope this isn’t true and he plays JACE! He is Jace.

  • Lily

    I know right! ALEX FOR JACE!!!!

  • Nnewtown11589

    He looks a tad bit too old to play a 12 year old… mind you I also looked up on Imdb for info on the last apprentice and there is nothing even on there about that movie yet…

  • Nnewtown11589

    One more question… why not try and get an actual 12 year old to play in this movie and leave someone as good looking as pettyfer to play lets see here Jace Wayland… I have never been more sure in my entire life about an actor playing a role but Alex looks exactly how I pictured Jace before I even seen a picture of Alex… he better say yes to the Mortal Instruments it is going to be a huge thing I think.. just like HP and Twilight..

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather seen Alex as Jace Wayland on “The Mortal Instruments” !

    A very big disappointment !

  • Vicki

    This is a bunch of bull! The book series is for
    Reading levels 9-12 years of age… He’ll play a 12
    year old and it’s a book series that like NOONE
    has heard of! What the hell! He’s been offered
    millions to play Jace and he’s just going to break
    our little hearts when such a big deal about him
    was made in the first place? I think this is the biggest
    mistake he could possibly make for his career.. You
    Guys better hope your information is wrong.. Or I’ll come
    breaking faces!

  • http://twitter.com/Brandex Branden Walsh

    Jeeez! Someone was obviously really hung up on the idea of him being Jace. xD As much as I would have liked it, it’s his choice and if he likes that better then I say go for it. I’m sure he isn’t the ONLY person who could play Jace well. Also just because the character is 12 in the books doesn’t mean he will be in the movies. Look at Percy Jackson.

  • Nonononono

    I hope he reads this:
    Alex, you are an amzing actor, but you are not twelve years old, I am a very huge book fan and ive never even heard of this series. City of Bones is such a beautiful book, and you are absolutely perfect for the role. Don’t you know how famous this series is? I knew about TMI before twilight! That’s how amazing it is! And so many fans were looking forward to seeing you in the movie. Do you really want to disappoint your fans? I’m also telling you, I won’t even watch Last Apprentince, regardless of who is in it. I wouldn’t care if they got Jonny Depp and Tom Cruise in the movie somehow, I wouldn’t watch it. I would watch City of Bones. And I would want YOU in it. All of your fans- most of them at least- would rather you choose TMI. I’m not trying to guilt you into anything, it’s your choice. But I do think you would make millions of your fans and TMI fans vey happy. Please Please think clearly. Do you really see yourself in the role? As a twelve year old? I read TMI and a few days later I see exactly what I was imagining Jace to be when I saw you in stormbreaker. I thought I had seen your picture before and projected it in my brain. This is Jace. That’s what I thought. And I still think. Please don’t give up on us. We want you to make the right choice.

  • Anonymous

    I agree 100%.
    By the way, isn’t there anybody living near a place where Alex is promoting “I Am Number Four” and might be able to talk to him in Person about “The Mortal Instruments” ?