Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman and Sean Bean have signed up to play Greek Gods and mythological beasts in Percy Jackson. The title doesn’t quite fit with the whole ‘Greek Gods’ thing but the man directing, Chris Columbus, was responsible for launching the Harry Potter franchise, so we have nothing too worry about.
Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman and Sean Bean have signed on to star in Chris Columbus’ new adventure comedy, Percy Jackson, about the adventures of Poseidon’s 12 year-old half-human son.
Some of those Gods will be played by the aforementioned trio of stars, with Thurman signing on to play the traditionally snake-haired ugly bugly, Medusa, Brosnan the centaur god, Chiron, while Bean will play head cheese Zeus, whose lightning bolt is stolen at story’s inception.
Brandon T. Jackson, the ever-awesome Kevin McKidd and CSI: NY star, Melina Kanakerides have also joined the cast of the movie, which is based on Rick Riordan’s series of children’s novels, Percy Jackson & The Olympians. This movie is an adaptation of the first book, The Lightning Thief (the suffix has been dropped for the big screen), with Columbus, the man who launched the Harry Potter franchise, hoping to succeed again in the same genre.
Filming begins next month in Vancouver, with a 2010 release date looming. Columbus and Fox 2000 are still trying to cast three more Godlike roles in Aries, Hades and Persephone before that date arrives.
There are 5 books in the series so if all goes well we could have another Harry Potter-style franchise on our hands.