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James Bond, Uma Thurman to star in “Percy Jackson”

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 am in Movies.

Pierce Brosnan (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)Any Rick Riordan/Percy Jackson fans out there? Word is that Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman have signed on to the new movie based on Riordan’s “Lightning Thief,” about a young boy – Percy – who discovers his father is actually a Greek god. Percy and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley – oops, wrong book! (Although this one’s being compared to the Harry Potter saga and the movie studio is certainly hoping that comparison pans out.) Percy and his demigod friends, Grover and Annabeth, embark on a wild adventure to stop a terrible war between the gods. Think Greek mythological characters in Manhattan. And Las Vegas. Fun, huh?

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Brosnan will play the Greek god Chiron, with Thurman as Medusa. Percy’s dad, Poseidon, will be played by Kevin McKidd (who also plays Christina’s battle-scarred love interest on “Grey’s Anatomy” and Lucius Vorenus in HBO’s not-appropriate-for-kids-but-man-it-was-good series “Rome.” Hmm, who else? Ah, Sean Bean (LOTR) is Zeus and Melina Kanakaredes (CSI NY) is Athena. Director? Chris Columbus, of Harry Potter and “Home Alone” fame.

Whew. Man, that was a lot of links. OK, what do you think of the casting? Good? Bad? Mythologically great?

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