Right now, my classes are reading Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1). I love ending the year with this read-aloud because it is a great tie-in to social studies, where they study ancient cultures. We read various myths together and this year I am even holding a Mythology Bee as part of our annual Greek Olympics!
Needless to say, I am thrilled that The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) is being made into a movie. IMDB has the project categorized as “in production”, with a release date of February 2010. Check out some of this casting!
Rosario Dawson … Persephone
Uma Thurman … Medusa
Catherine Keener … Sally Jackson
Pierce Brosnan … Chiron
Kevin McKidd … Poseidon
Sean Bean … Zeus
Logan Lerman … Percy Jackson
Steve Coogan … Hades
Melina Kanakaredes … Athena
Alexandra Daddario … Annabeth Chase
Erica Cerra … Hera
Pretty star-studded, huh? I am definitely looking forward to this movie and I think the series will be a big movie hit, provided they come up with a good script. Riordan’s books are the perfect combination of fun, comedy, and adventure, which should translate great on the big screen. I can’t wait!