Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd and Melina Kanakaredes are set to play various key figures of Greek mythology in Chris Columbus’ fantasy adventure “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” for Fox 2000 says the trades.
Based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling children’s novel, the story follows Poseidon’s half-human son, Percy, who’s on a quest across modern America to prevent a war among the gods.
For the Gods, Bean is set to play Zeus, McKidd will play Poseidon and Kanakaredes will be Athena. Brosnan will play the centaur Chiron, and Thurman will play the Gorgon Medusa. The key roles of Aries, Hades and Persephone have not yet been cast.
Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson have already been cast as the book’s lead teenagers.
The Greek Gods have been portrayed by various actors over the years, 1981’s “Clash of the Titans” had a similar ‘all-star line-up’ as the deities including Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress and Claire Bloom as Zeus, Thetis, Aphrodite and Hera respectively.
Columbus and Craig Titley have adapted the screenplay. Shooting kicks off in Vancouver for a February 12th 2010 release.