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'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' trailer provides a glimpse into the supernatural story

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,' a film adaptation of the popular young adult series, arrives in theaters this August.

By Sandy SchaeferScreen Rant / November 15, 2012

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' stars Lily Collins (l.) as heroine Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell-Bower (seen in the TV series 'Camelot,' r.) as the mysterious Jace.

L: Nickelodeon/PR Newswire R: Jonathan Hession/Starz Entertainment/PR Newswire

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Studios have been eagerly dipping into the pool of young adult book adaptations, following the runaway success of Harry Potter and Twilight. However, in proportion to every film that hits it big (The Hunger Games), there seem to be a handful that only manage mixed business (Percy Jackson, The Spiderwick Chronicles) or fizzle out immediately on impact (The Seeker: The Dark is Rising).

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So that begs the question: what will the turnout be for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (which is based on the first installment in author Cassandra Clare’s best-selling fantasy/adventure series)? Well, the first trailer for the film launches in theaters this Friday with the Twilight Saga finale Breaking Dawn – Part 2, but you can check out the theatrical promo online now (along with the official poster).

Mortal Instruments revolves around Clary Fray (Lily Collins, Mirror Mirror), an ordinary teenager living in modern New York City, who discovers the truth about her lineage after her mother (Lena Headey, Game of Thrones) mysteriously vanishes: namely, that she is a descendant of the Shadowhunters, a legion of half-angel warriors who (in secret) protect humanity from the forces of darkness. Soon thereafter, young Clary begins her training as a demon-destroyer, with assistance from Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris, Mad Men) – who is the elder caretaker at the Shadowhunter Institute - and the handsome-but-deadly warrior Jace Wayland (Jamie Cambell Bower, Camelot).

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