We were missing the Where are they column, that’s right. But don’t forget this column that you all love. And after that brief hiatus, nothing better than to return with a beloved franchise for fans of young adult literature, created by Rick Riordan, that fits very well with the fantastic, fantastical tone of the Halloween season: Percy Jackson.
Ps. In this edition, we will take into account the two film productions of Percy Jackson and his characters: The Lightning Thief (2010) and Mar de Monstros (2013).
As always, be sure to check out our past issues of the column: The Beverly Hills Patrons, The Club of Five, Supergirl – The Movie, The Mummy and American Pie. And don’t forget to comment by leaving your review. Let’s start?
Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson)
In the best Harry Potter style, our protagonist is a young man who finds his life boring, until he finds himself as a descendant of the Greek gods. Its interpreter, the young Logan Lerman, 25, had already appeared in productions like Os Indomáveis (2007) and Gamer (2009) before being chosen for the role. After leading this adventure, Lerman has been featured in films such as The Three Musketeers (2011), The Perks of Being Invisible (2012), Noah (2014) and Hearts of Iron (2014). His last work was in the period drama Outrage, released in 2016. The actor can also be seen soon in the drama thriller Sidney Hall, alongside Elle Fanning and Michelle Monaghan.
Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth)
Beauty Alexandra Daddario, 31, is perhaps the Percy Jackson cast actress who has achieved the greatest notoriety of her career, even including protagonist Lerman. In the same year as the second film in the franchise, Daddario starred in The 3D Chainsaw Massacre – The Legend Continues, the seventh film in the popular horror series. Then the spotlight would come back once more to the young girl, in her participation in one of the best anthology mini-series of all time, the enigmatic True Detective, which premiered its first season in 2014. D ‘where appearances in the American Horror Story series, in the Nicolas Sparks adaptation The Choice, and in two blockbusters alongside Dwayne Johnson, Earthquake: The San Andreas Fault (2015) and Baywatch (2017). This year, the actress is launching the novel When We First Met alongside Robbie Amell and will be in the previously announced San Andreas sequel.
Brandon T. Jackson (Grover)
Grover, Percy Jackson’s best friend, is actually a faun, half man, half goat. Jackson was previously present with his hilarious personification of rapper Alpha Chino in the equally hilarious comedy Trovão Tropical (2008). After the first Percy Jackson, Martin Lawrence’s son lived in the Grandma suite… Zone 3: Like Father, Like Son (2011). In the same year as the debut of the second Percy Jackson, the actor played Aaron Foley, son of the cop himself, Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), in a pilot episode of the series that failed. One of Jackson’s last films was the horror Eloise (2017), starring Eliza Dushku, Buffy’s Eternal Faith – The Vampire Slayer.
Pierce Brosnan (Chiron)
The British actor does not need to be introduced, because before the franchise he played for four films the most famous secret agent of the seventh art, 007. After his participation in the first Percy Jackson (the actor would not return not live the same character in the sequence), playing the centaur Chiron (half-man, half-horse), Brosnan had a series of not-so-memorable films under his belt. Some of the main highlights were the works of the Bag of Bones miniseries (2011), based on the book by Stephen King; Heroes of Hangover (2013), by Edgar Wright; in the recent The Only Living Boy in New York (2017), by Mark Webb; and not yet unseen in Brasil Urge, an intriguing suspense. One of his latest films to be released is the action-spy thriller The Foreigner (2017), which stars alongside the legendary Jackie Chan.
Anthony Stewart Head (Chiron)
With Pierce Brosnan leaving the franchise, it was up to Eternal Librarian Giles from Buffy (the series again) to replace him in the same character. Actor Anthony Stewart Head, now known only as Anthony Head, as said, was immortalized as Sarah Michelle Gellar’s mentor in the cult youth series Buffy. Subsequently, the actor took part in films such as Woody Allen’s Scoop – The Big Hole (2006), The Iron Lady (2011) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011). In addition, the actor took part in a modern version of the cult musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2006). One of Head’s last works was in the Sony drama, A Street Cat Named Bob (2016).
Sean Bean (Zeus)
Actor Sean Bean is known to die in most of the movies and series he participates in. And his role as Ned Stark in the prestigious Game of Thrones leaves no lie. Of course, before that, Bean had been featured in films such as 007 Against Goldeneye (1995), in which he starred with co-star Pierce Brosnan, Ronin (1998) and in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002). and 2003). Recently, the actor could be seen in Lost on Mars (2015), an Oscar nominated film in the main category. This year, the actor was in Drone, a new military thriller that deals with the use of machines, after Good Kill: Maximum Precision (2014) and Risk Decision (2015); and in the drama series Broken, in which he plays a priest.
Rosario Dawson (Persephone)
Rosario Dawson is another talented actress who lent her name to the franchise, but did not return for part two. Of course, the girl’s works include films like Sin City – Sin City (2005), Death Proof (2007), by Quentin Tarantino, and the drama Sete Vidas (2008), however, Dawson began his 1995 film career in part of the controversial casting of Kids, written by Harmony Korine (director of Spring Breakers and the guy who tried to steal Meryl Streep on the David Letterman show). This was followed by productions such as Jogada Decisiva (1998) and The Last Night (2002), both by Spike Lee, Josie and the Cats (2001) and Men in Black 2 (2002). Currently, the actress is doing very well, thank you, better known as Claire Temple, of all the Marvel / Netflix partnership series (see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders).
Uma Thurman (Medusa)
The model-turned-actress began her film career by participating in productions such as The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988) by Terry Gilliam and Dangerous Liaisons (1988) by Stephen Frears. In the early 1990s, Thurman would reach one of the highest points of his career with Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), the seventh highest-voted film of all time in the audience’s preference for the biggest site of network cinema, IMDB. Additionally, Pulp Fiction would give the actress her only Oscar nomination. This partnership replayed with Tarantino in the two-part epic revenge, Kill Bill – Volume 1 (2003) and Volume 2 (2004).
By the end of the same decade (90), the actress would also experience some of the lowest points of her curriculum, participating in unfortunate overproductions, see Batman & Robin (1997) and The Avengers (1998). In recent years, Thurman has also been a part of another far more controversial, much more controversial two-part split epic: Nymphomaniac 1 and 2 (both from 2013), by Lars von Trier. The last work of the actress was right next to the Danish filmmaker, in the thriller The House that Jack Built, on the life of a serial killer over 12 years.
Leven Rambin (Clarisse)
Clarisse was one of the new characters added in the sequel Mar de Monstros (2013), and this acquired great significance in the plot. The young brunette woman created a good dynamic of confrontation with the protagonists, initially becoming the type of character that we love to hate. The beautiful Texan Leven Rambin had already appeared on the big screen in another very successful franchise the year before the release of the second Percy Jackson: The Hunger Games (2012), in which she played the character Glimmer.
Following her appearance on the series as Clarisse, and in the footsteps of her co-star Alexandra Daddario, Rambin landed a role in the second season of the prestigious HBO show, True Detective, in which Rachel’s character’s sister lived. McAdams. Additionally, the actress was in indie gay drama I Am Michael, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto. The next stop for the girl is the kidnapping series Gone, based on Chelsea Cain’s book.
Douglas Smith (Tyson)
Though many don’t recognize him, Douglas Smith was the young Cyclops, half-brother of protagonist Percy Jackson, in the second (and final) film in the unfinished franchise. Before this curious participation, Smith had personified Ben Henrickson during 53 episodes of the series Big Love, with the late Bill Paxton. Following his foray into the blockbuster book-based franchise, the actor starred in horror films like Ouija: The Mind Game (2014) and Never Say Your Name (2017), on blockbusters like The Terminator: Genesis (2015)), and in series like Vinyl (2016), by Martin Scorsese. His new work is in the detective, crime and drama series The Alienist, starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans, and created by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective and It – The Thing).
Chris Columbus (Director – First film)
Filmmaker Chris Columbus also doesn’t need to be introduced. In the 1980s, the director was responsible for the screenplay of some of the greatest hits of the era, see Gremlins (1984), Os Goonies (1985) and O Enigma da Pirâmide (1985). As a director, he held huge box office champions in the following decade, see Esqueceram de Mim (1990) and its sequel (1992), and Uma Babá Quas Perfeita (1993).
Of course, we can’t forget (sorry for the infamous pun) that Columbus was the one who launched the most successful young adult literature-based franchise in history, having directed Harry’s first two films. Potter (2001 and 2002). The director’s latest work to date has received a warm welcome, despite the nostalgic premise: Pixels (2015), starring Adam Sandler. His next project could be The Secret Lives of Road Crews, an action comedy about a group of road workers facing off against an alien threat. 3rd degree immediate neighbors (2012), anyone?
Thor Freudenthal (Director – Second Film)
A filmmaker of little expression, Freudenthal began his film career with comedies for children, see Hotel for Dogs (2009), with Emma Roberts, and Diário de um Banana (2010). After his foray into the Percy Jackson series, the director turned to television and commissioned episodes of hero series like The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow.
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