The first ever teaser trailer has premiered for the upcoming fantasy film, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The incredibly long titled film is an adaptation of a series of books that bare more than passing resemblance to the Harry Potter series. The film follows a teenage boy, Percy, who discovers he is actually the son of the god Poseidon. Percy then sets out on a quest to settle a war between the Greek gods.
Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone/Chamber of Secrets) directed Percy Jackson, which stars Logan Lerman as the titular character, and Catherine Keener as his mother. The list of actors playing the Greek gods are Sean Bean as Zeus, Uma Thurman as Medusa, Kevin McKidd as Poseidon, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron, Rosario Dawson as Persephone, Ray Winstone as Ares, Steve Coogan as Hades and Melina Kanakaredes as Athena.
Sadly, none of those gods are included in our first look at the movie, and we only really get a look at Percy himself. However, being that it's a teaser, the destination of his elevator travels is sufficient tease enough.
Check out the trailer below:
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I don't think we can judge Percy Jackson too much going by this first trailer. It's only a teaser, and it's understandable they wouldn't reveal their entire hand at this point in time. However, for their next release of footage they really need to crank things up and show us at least some glimpses of the massive, diverse cast that are playing the Greek gods.
This initial premise of a young boy finding out he has a fantastical, magical, life awaiting for him isn't all that far removed from the Harry Potter franchise. Will audiences turn their noses up, or will another fantasy film in this vein rake in the cash without a hitch? Only time will tell.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is slated for a February 12th, 2010 release (That's the date of Presidents Day in America for those that don't know).