CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical
Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief is the first in a series of young adult novels by Rick Riordan about a kid with dyslexia and ADHD who's also the kid of, you know, the son of Poseidon. As with most of us, he learns all about himself at summer camp -- except instead of mosquito bites and panty raids, Percy finds his camp is full of the sons and daughters of demigods. Since being optioned by Fox 2000 in 2004, it's acquired quite a roster of theatrical demigods to the cast, and its latest additions are pretty swell.

Rosario Dawson (who was the only part of Seven Pounds that didn't make me want to throw a shoe at the screen) is playing a sexy Persephone who gets a little friendly with Percy's BFF Grover, who, as it turns out, is a satyr. Awkward!

Meanwhile, Steve Coogan will be Hades, lord of the underworld, and Persephone's husband; fans of Greek legend might remember that Hades kept Persephone against her will in the underworld for half the year, so I'm curious to see how the story will portray her as his wife and not his hostage.

Other cast members include Uma Thurman as Medusa, Catherine Keener as Percy's mom, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron the centaur, Kevin McKidd as Poseidon, Melina Kanakaredes as Athena, and Sean Bean as her father Zeus. Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma) plays Percy.

Chris Columbus is directing, which could be cool since he also directed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone, and Adventures in Babysitting. He also wrote Gremlins and The Goonies. We'll overlook his participation in such aberrations as Christmas with the Kranks, Jingle All the Way, and the upcoming I Love You, Beth Cooper. And since there are four more Percy Jackson books in the series, Fox 2000 is probably hoping to start another Harry Potter-style tsunami.

Percy Jackson is scheduled to hit theaters February 12, 2010.