ABC Family’s Shadowhunters Adds Glee And Reign Alums To The Cast

Credit: ABC Family
Credit: ABC Family

With Glee having wrapped up, you have to keep careful track of where your favorite triple threat actors are moving on next.

Lea Michele has Scream Queens. Melissa Benoist is Supergirl. Chris Colfer is preparing to play Noel Coward. Matthew Morrison is starring in Finding Neverland. Darren Criss is Hedwig. Dianna Agron is doing the Alexander McQueen play. Naya Rivera is about to have a guest stint on Devious Maids. Amber Riley and Chord Overstreet apparently have albums in the works. Heather Morris has a couple of TV movies. I can go on, but I won’t.

Where I’m going with this is Harry Shum Jr. (who played everyone’s favorite often silent dancer Mike Chang) has been cast in ABC Family’s upcoming Shadowhunters, according to TVLine. The TV series is a reboot of the Mortal Instruments franchise (due to how bad the 2013 movie, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was), and will serve as an adaptation to the book series by Cassandra Clare.

The series follows a young woman named Clary Fray (Katharine McNamara) who discovers on her eighteenth birthday that she’s a Shadowhunter. A Shadowhunter is a human-angel hybrid destined to hunt and kill demons

Shum will play Magnus Bane, the high warlock of Brooklyn. He is described as follows: “With eccentric style, he’s fierce, cunning and keeps his cards close to his chest. Though he looks like he’s in his 20s, he’s hundreds of years old – which makes him wiser and wary of others.”

Damn! That sounds fascinating. I’m always intrigued by centuries old characters.

Shadowhunters has also found its villain, Valentine, in Reign actor, Alan Van Sprang. Reign fans would know him as King Henry from their beloved show.

Valentine’s described as the following: “Brilliant, cunning, and dangerously handsome, Valentine is a mysterious Shadowhunter wielding immense power. His stoic, charming, and confident presence allows him control over his many followers. To seek out what he wants, Valentine executes anyone in his way, never thinking twice about it.”

Oh. He’s definitely going to be killing someone’s favorite character down the road.

No word on a premiere date for the show, but it is set to start filming May 25th. So hopefully, we’ll get word soon.

Bec Heim