British actor Dominic Sherwood has been cast as male lead Jace in Shadowhunters, the forthcoming ABC Family show based on the Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare. The show announced the casting on Twitter; Clare herself tweeted that Sherwood’s audition was “terrific.” Personally, I thought Sherwood was one of the best parts of the Vampire Academy movie – he played Christian – and I’m curious to see what he does with Jace.
I don’t often use exclamation points in headlines, but I’m very excited about this. Author Deanna Raybourn announced on her blog this morning that her Lady Julia Grey historical mysteries have been optioned for British television by Barry Ryan at Free@Last. There aren’t really any other details yet, but I love this series, so you can bet I’ll be keeping an eye on this one. Lady Julia is a widow in Victorian England who gets pulled into a series of murders – the first being that of her own husband. If you like smart historical mysteries with a nice ongoing romance, I highly recommend these. Start with Silent in the Grave.
Wolf Hall has its U.S. premiere on Sunday night on PBS, and they’ve released this new clip, featuring Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Jonathan Pryce as Wolsey. It’s a fairly quiet scene, but intense and compelling.