March 26, 2009 / 4:45 AM / 9 years ago

Brosnan and Thurman cast as gods in "Percy Jackson"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman are heading to Mount Olympus.

Actor Pierce Brosnan attends the annual Oceana Partner's awards gala in Pacific Palisades, California October 18, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Joining them as Greek gods in the fantasy-adventure “Percy Jackson” are Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd and Melina Kanakaredes.

The Fox 2000 film, being directed by Chris Columbus, is an adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling children’s novel “The Lightning Thief.” The Greek mythology-inflected book involves Poseidon’s half-human son, Percy, who’s on a quest across modern America to prevent a war among the gods.

Brosnan will play Chiron, Thurman is Medusa, Bean is cast as Zeus, McKidd as Poseidon and Kanakaredes as Athena. Aries, Hades and Persephone have not yet been cast.

Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson already have been cast as the book’s lead teenagers.

The all-star casting is reminiscent of the 1981 fantasy film “Clash of the Titans,” which showcased Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Ursula Andress as Aphrodite and Claire Bloom as Hera.

Columbus and Craig Titley wrote the screenplay adaptation.

“Lightning Thief” is the first of five novels about Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The fifth, “The Last Olympian,” is due in stores in May. The studio hopes to spin the books into a franchise in the “Harry Potter” mould.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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