Lerman, Jackson Join “Lightning Thief”

Logan Lerman (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Jack & Bobby”) and Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”) will co-star in “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” for Fox 2000 says the trades.

An adaptation of Rick Riordan’s children’s novel, the story follows Greek god Poseidon’s 12-year-old half-human son, Percy (Lerman), on a fantastic quest across modern America to save his mother, return Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt and prevent a deadly war among the gods.

Jackson will play Percy’s best friend, Grover Underwood, a satyr (half-goat, half-human) with whom he shares a psychic link. The character is in his early 30s but is about 16 mentally because satyrs mature half as quickly as humans in Riordan’s novel.

Christopher Columbus directs the fantasy-adventure which the studio is eyeing as a potential franchise as Riordan is penning five books in the series. Columbus and Craig Titley wrote the screenplay.

Filming kicks off in April in Vancouver.