Guys. I cannot even begin to express how totally, and completely in love I am with Lord of Shadows. I mean, check out this book description:

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

It sounds amazing….AND IT REALLY IS!! Emma, dating Mark? The Unseelie King rising up against the Shadowhunters? AHH! I’m still freaking out about it all!

I’ve been so caught up in thinking about it that I’ve actually been daydreaming at work, casting the movie version of the book in my head. I love dream casting movies — it’s so fun to imagine today’s hottest stars taking a whack at your favorite literary characters. And while there’s been a Mortal Instruments movie and a TV show, the characters from the Dark Artifices don’t appear in those (yet, at least). So we can let our imaginations run a little wild!

In honor of Lord of Shadows, I’ve decided to share my Dark Artifices dream cast. Do you think I nailed it? Am I way off base? Am I totally missing the absolute perfect person to play Jules? Share your thoughts and dreamcasts in the comments!

Emma Carstairs: Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy is the perfect mix of sweet and sharp to play Emma. She broke through pretty recently with major roles in two great horror flicks — The Witch and Split. Split in particular showcases her range — she’s both heartbreakingly vulnerable and incredibly calculated and whip-smart. She’s a great choice to capture Emma’s humor, as well as her struggles with grief during her attempt to avenge her parents. Plus she totally rocks Emma’s long, blonde locks.

Jules Blackthorn: Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson’s got a sensitive side that would make him a great choice to play artistic Jules. Plus, he’s poised to become Hollywood’s next big hit — especially considering his starring role in this summer’s Everything, Everything.

Mark Blackthorn: Tye Sheridan


Mark Blackthorn is older than his brother Jules, but living in the faerie world has slowed his aging, making twenty-year-old Sheridan a good fit for a (technically) 21-year-old character. Sheridan has showed off his complex acting skills in films like The Tree of Life. Plus, he’s already been in a serious action movie, starring as Cyclops in XMen: Apocolaypse.

Cristina Mendoza-Rosales: Callie Hernandez

Callie Hernandez

Callie Herandez is up-and-coming in a big way. She already snagged a supporting role in Briefly-Best-Picture-Winner La La Land, and she’s starring in the new Alien movie. A role like Cristina would be the perfect fit for her.

Kit Rook: Corey Fogelmanis

Corey Fogelmanis

Corey’s most famous for his role on Girl Meets World, and he’d be perfect as the young and mysterious Kit Rook. In the first book, Kit, who believed himself to be a mundane, learns he’s actually descended from Shadowhunters. Kit’s a young kid thrust suddenly into a world he doesn’t know — and Corey’s charm and youth make him ideal for capturing that.

Diana Wayburn: Lupita Nyong’o


First, let me just say this: Lupita Nyong’o is in my dream cast for every movie ever made, because Lupita Nyong’o is great. But Lupita would make an especially fantastic Diana! Let’s not forget that Emma once described Diana as the most beautiful woman she’d ever seen — an apt description of Lupita Nyong’o if I ever heard one.

Kieran: Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller

Kieran’s an inhuman beauty with high cheekbones and thick, magical hair. That is also an incredibly accurate way to describe Ezra Miller. Plus, it’ll be fun for Ezra to continue expanding his status as an action star — what better way to follow up playing The Flash than having some fun in the world of the Shadowhunters?

The Unseelie King: Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

The Unseelie King is the king of the faeries and Kieran’s father. While he was only mentioned in Lady Midnight, he’s a bigger part of Lord of Shadows. Hiddleston has played some iconic villains before — Loki, anyone? — and can lend some real weight to the role. Makeup would have to make half of his face disfigured, but if anyone can pull that look off, it’s totally Hiddleston.