Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters News

Sea of Monsters

Five days from now, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, sequel to the 2010 bluckbuster movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, will officially start production.

Close as we might get to the release of the movie, there have been only a few information that surfaced online that could give us light on what's happening with this movie adaptation based on the second book of the famous series written by Rick Riordan.

So far, here are a compilation of the latest updates that surround the movie.

This time around, Chris Columbus, who also directed the first two Harry Potter movies, will not be back to helm the movie. In his stead will be the movie-for-general-audience veteran, Thor Freudenthal. Freudenthal is the director of some of the best-loved movies for children and children at heart, both adapted and original, such as Hotel for Dogs, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Ramona's World.

Head replaces Brosnan as Chiron
Aside from Columbus, another old-timer cast will not return and be replaced by another actor. Peirce Brosnan, who once played the ass kicking camp trainer, Chiron, will be replaced by Anthony Head, best known for his Buffy the Vampire Slayer character, Giles. Now, I always got this feeling of uncertainty whenever a main character is played by varying actors as it will greatly affect a film series' continuity. Remembered what happened to Dumbledore?

The Main Cast
The three actors who played Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood will luckily reprise their roles. The thirteen-year old Percy will be played by the now twenty-year old Logan Lerman. Same age pattern is applicable with Alexandra Daddario, 26, as she will portray the teenage Annabeth. Brandon T. Jackson is likely the same age as Grover. They are a lot older than in the first movie because of the long intervals between productions.

Updated: The cast of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters:

Sean Bean as Zeus
Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson
Nathan Fillion as Hermes
Stanley Tucci as Dionysus
Missi Pyle as Gray Sister
Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase
Mark Hamill as Tantalus (rumored)
Jake Abel as Luke
Leven Rambin as Clarisse
Anthony Head as Chiron
Brandon T. Jackson as Grover Underwood
Douglas Smith as Tyson
Robert Maillet as Laistrygonian
Yvette Nicole Brown as Gray Sister
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Thalia Grace
Grey Damon as Chris Rodriguez
Derek Mears as Cyclops
Daniel Cudmore as Manticore
Mary Birdsong as Gray Sister
Alisha Newton as Young Annabeth
Aleks Paunovic as Cyclops
Katelyn Mager as Young Thalia
Christopher Redman as Reardon
Bjorn Yearwood as Young Grover
Samuel Braun as Young Luke
Jordan Weller as Ichneutae
Richard Yearwood as Ganymede
Anthony Shim as Barista
Maxine Miller as Customer
Camille Atebe as Barista
David Mylrea as Lydian Drakon
Connor Dunn as Tereus
I am a little excited with the new set of cast for the new characters in Sea of Monsters. There are quite a lot of them as the scope of the story is slowly expanding to a bigger scale.

We will get to see Hermes, the messenger of the Greek Gods, in this adaptation and he will be played by Nathan Fillion, who made a name for himself playing characters for TV series. Three actresses have also been cast: Mary Birdsong, Missi Pyle and Yvette Nicole Brown. They will fill in the shoes of the Fates, who will help the trio to fulfill their quest.

Young sets of actors have also been cast for the movie. Douglas Smith is on negotations to play a yet-to-be-known character. Thalia, who see to the mythical tree that guards the Camp Half-Blood, will be played by Canadian newcomer Paloma Kwiatkowski. Recently, it has been announced that Leven Rambin, who aslo played as a tribute in The Hunger Games movie, will be playing Clarisse, the daughter of Ares that was entrusted a very important quest.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea Of Monsters follows the adventures of Percy, with the help of his friends, to find the mythical Golden Fleece in the treacherous depths of the Sea of Monsters.