Casting continues to chug along on the second Percy Jackson & The Olympians picture, which, as we reported a few weeks back, will be subtitled The Sea of Monsters. Original stars Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario will return for the follow up, as will supporting players Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel and Melina Kanakaredes. But three actress – two with Oscar cred – are lending their talents to the proceedings, according to Variety.
Mary Birdsong (The Descendants), Missi Pyle (The Artist) and Community star Yvette Nicole Brown have been added to the Percy Jackson ensemble. They will play the three Fates, sisters from classic mythology who share one eye. In this modern version, they will be portrayed as taxi-driving siblings, and they’ll help Jackson along on his latest quest.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid helmer Thor Fredenthal will direct the sequel, taking over the reigns from original director Chris Columbus (who’ll produce). Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penned the screenplay, which also makes room for Cyclops (Douglas Smith, Big Love), Percy’s half-brother who helps the main character try to find the Golden Fleece in the titular sea of monsters.
The original Percy Jackson was a decent-sized hit, earning $226.5M worldwide. The sequel is targeting a March 27, 2013 release date, and so far is shaping up with an impressive cast. What do you think? Will you check it out when it opens? And how do you think the new cast members will fit into the fantasy world? Share your thoughts in our comments section below.
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