‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ Featurette Introduces Story & New Characters

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 10:47 am,

For loyal fans of 2010′s modest YA hit, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the wait for the film’s long-gestating sequel is almost over. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in less than a month, and to compliment the domestic and international trailers for the next chapter in the titular demigod’s adventures, Fox has released a brand new featurette that focuses on the movie’s mythological backgrounds, gets us acquainted with some new faces, and shows off some new footage to sweeten the pot.

The second go-round in the series sees the continued education of Percy (Logan Lerman, back for more after the first film) at Camp Half-Blood, an ancient training ground for demigods – children born by a god and a mortal human. This time, things go awry for the camp when its magical defenses are weakened and its borders are breached by enemies. It’s falls to Percy and his friends, Grover Underwood (Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth Chase (Alexandria Daddario), to take up the quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece, the only thing that can save their home, from the Bermuda Triangle, the eponymous sea of monsters.

Of course, it’s not going to be easy; their journey is fraught with dangers and puts them in conflict with an evil that’s as old as time itself. Fortunately, Percy and company have a few new friends to help them out, as well as returning mentors. The featurette familiarizes us with three characters in particular, Tyson (Douglas Smith), a cyclops and Percy’s half-brother, Clarisse (Leven Rambin), the daughter of Ares, the god of war, and, slightly more prominently, Hermes (Nathan Fillion), the messenger god and operator of the Olympus Parcel  Service; we’re also treated to some discussion with Anthony Head and Stanley Tucci, who play the centaur Chiron (played by Pierce Brosnan in the previous film) and Mr. D, respectively.

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There’s a few shots of material we haven’t seen before – including a better look at the three Gray sisters, the drivers of the chariot of damnation, and a brief but pretty cool sequence featuring a rampaging cyclops. Based on the clip, and on the talking head interviews with various actors, Sea of Monsters appears to make even more of a focal point out of incorporating Greek mythology into modern living than the last film; with Percy’s origin story out of the way, it looks as though the sequel gets to have even more fun figuring out how gods, monsters, and magic secretly thrive in today’s world.

Looks like light, airy fun, much like The Lightning Thief was. We’ll see for sure once August rolls around – will you be on board for Percy’s newest adventure?


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters arrives in theaters on August 7th, 2013.

Source: Digital Spy

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  1. Lazy and unimaginative. Lets take the Greek myths (done to death ) and replace the central heroes with vacant teen catalogue models. Desperately trying to fill a Harry Potter shaped hole. And what’s with that Cyclops wearing shades? His eye is in the middle of his head for crying out loud, so what, exactly is he looking through? Stoopid stooped stooped!!!

    • I think there’s some kind of magic to make him have two eyes or at least look that way. Besides, the guy was wearing the shades BEHIND THE SCENES.

      • The picture looks like a still from the movie. ‘I think there’s some kind of magic to make him have two eyes…’ Oh right, that cleared that up nicely then. Plus the Hannah Montana dialogue… Ergh, I just died a little inside.

    • This is EXACTLY what turned me off from the first one. It came off WAY too gimmicky. I don’t know about the books, haven’t read them so I can’t judge them – but the The Lightning Thief was just a mediocre movie all around – hey, let’s take Greek mythology characters and dress them up as goofy-looking modern kids with lame, costume-party versions of supposed Greek dress, played by so-so teenage actors. Seriously, I could barely suspend my disbelief when watching the first one, and that sort of thing shouldn’t be hard for a fantasy-type movie.

      People like to s*** on the Harry Potter movies because it didn’t follow all their little nitpicks, but I think even the detractors have to agree tha the production values were great and the actors generally well cast. The settings, the people all looked like people who seriously dress that way, whereas here it looks like a bunch of kids in a low-budget school play.

    • READ THE BOOKS. Until you read them you have no right to judge the material. Don’t judge a book by its movie.

      • He’s not judging the books, nobody here is as far as I can see. We’re saying what we’re saying based on the previous movie and this featurette. Just because it comes off lame doesn’t mean it’s the same with the books – relax.

    • Logan Lerman is the hottest Jewish boy ever.

  2. “…we’re also treated to some discussion with Anthony Head and Stanley Tucci, returning cast members who play Chiron and Mr. D, respectively.” Except Anthony Head didn’t play Chiron in the first movie, Pierce Brosnan did. Oh, and Stanley Tucci wasn’t in the first film, either. Seriously, do a quick IMDB search if you’re going to write about movies you haven’t even watched…

  3. I honestly hated the first movie because the books were very beloved to me in childhood, and I will occasionally whip them out for old times sake. However, they adjusted the movie so much from the book that they could call it something new entirely. This looks a little more faithful, but I couldn’t help but look through the featurette, thinking, “that wasn’t in the book. That wasn’t either”.

  4. Might eventually check this one out on video. didnt even catch the first one until like, last year i believe. was alright, but nothing special.

  5. I think the Cyclops maybe a Man-Eating Cyclops

  6. Doesn’t look that good to me neither did the first one :(