Anthony Head

percyjackson

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief had all the pieces in place to become the successor to the wildly successful Harry Potter franchise. It had a wide-eyed young protagonist (Logan Lerman), a bunch of mythical creatures, and even the same director (Chris Columbus) who successfully launched the Harry Potter franchise. While it didn’t quite become the cultural phenomenon that Harry Potter did, Percy Jackson did manage to make a good chunk of money—especially overseas—so now they’re going to try their hand at a sequel. A sequel that, from the looks of how much its scope has expanded, the studio is continuing to pin financial hopes on. This time around Columbus has handed the directing baton over to Diary of a Wimpy Kid helmer Thor Freudenthal, and if this trailer for the new film is any indication, his Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is going to be relying on a snappier title, beloved-by-nerds actors from Joss Whedon shows, and especially huge summer spectacle in order to build on the foundation laid by The Lightning Thief and bring in even more box office dollars.

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While director Thor Freudenthal gets to keep most of the young cast from the first Percy Jackson movie for his sequel The Sea of Monsters, it seems like he’s recasting all of the adult roles. And, more than that, it seems like he’s raiding Joss Whedon’s stable of actors to get the job done. First came the news that Firefly actor Nathan Fillion would be taking over the role of the messenger god Hermes, and now Heat Vision has a report that Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Anthony Head  has signed on the be the new Chiron. For the uninitiated, Chiron is a centaur who oversees Camp Half-Blood, where young demigods are trained in the use of their godly powers. So, you know, other than that whole having the body of a horse thing, this sounds like a role that Head should be more than experienced enough to play. If he can oversee the training of a precocious, blonde vampire slayer, then how hard could teaching a bunch of Hercules types be? The first Percy Jackson didn’t turn many heads among the Internet film buff community, but could this influx of Whedon vets be what it takes to get everyone to go out and give The Sea of Monsters a chance? Certainly, the idea of watching Giles trotting around on horse hooves has got to be funny enough to sell at least a couple tickets. If their next casting announcement gives Alexis Denisof or Summer Glau something to do, then […]

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Kevin Carr

This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr looks at his list of New Year’s resolutions. However, since he was a little drunk when he wrote them and his handwriting is sloppy, he thinks it reads to “exorcise more” instead of “exercise more.” So, he hops a plane to Rome and sneaks out to the theater late at night to check out the latest first-of-the-year release, The Devil Inside. After waking up from a quick nap in the theater as a result, Kevin heads back to the states to catch some last-minute award films in limited release.

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