Chris Columbus may have left the "Harry Potter" series far behind, but he's clearly still hungry for a sprawling fantasy franchise. He's set to start filming "Percy Jackson", a big screen adaptation of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, and while he's lined up Logan Lerman to play the title role, he needs some Olympians.
The chance to play a god has attracted some appealing names, because Variety , reports that Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, and Sean Bean have joined the cast as Greek gods.
You might get a good laugh out of which gods they are playing. One would expect the gorgeous Thurman to be playing Aphrodite or Athena, but she's actually set to play Medusa, a woman ugly enough to turn men to stone. I imagine some major CGI is going to be employed. Brosnan will play Chiron the last centaur, and his "Goldeneye" nemesis Bean will play Zeus. While Aries, Hades and Persephone have yet to be cast, helping to rounding out the pantheon is Kevin McKidd ("Rome"), who will play Percy's dad Poseidon, Melina Kanakerides ("CS: NY") as Athena, and Brandon Jackson as Grover the satyr.
"Jackson" will follow the plot of the first book in the series, "The Lightning Thief." Percy discovers he's a half god, and the son of Poseidon. After his mother is kidnapped by a minotaur, he embarks on a quest across America to save his mother, return Zeus' stolen lightning bolt, and prevent a war between the Olympian gods. That has to be pretty easy if you're half god, right?
Some are predicting that Percy Jackson will be the next Harry Potter. While the books have a following, it doesn't seem to have the buzz that J.K. Rowling's series did. As filming begins next month, they don't have a lot of time to build it.
MTV readers, any of you fans of the Percy Jackson series? If so, do you like the cast? Do you have high hopes for the film? For those of you unfamiliar with the series, do you think it could ever approach the level of Harry Potter?