AOL has just debuted the teaser trailer for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief which is based on the book by Rick Riordon and due in theaters on February 12. The film is directed by Chris Columbus who just suffered a massive failure with I Love You Beth Cooper, but with this fantasy epic he appears to be returning to the a world not unlike the first two Harry Potter films which found Columbus plenty of success.
The story centers on Poseidon’s 12-year-old half-human son Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), who embarks on a quest across modern-day America to save his mother, return Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt and prevent a deadly war between the gods. Rounding out the casting is Catherine Keener who will play Percy’s mother, Uma Thurman as Medusa, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron, Sean Bean as Zeus, Kevin McKidd as Poseidon and Melina Kanakerides as Athena.
Considering the timing of this debut I am surprised to see Percy Jackson isn’t part of Fox’s presentation at next week’s Comic Con, which I will be attending and briefing you on next week in preparation as RopeofSilicon will be going uber-geek for a week.
For now, check out the trailer directly below and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments, especially if you have read the Riordan source material and let us know how this teaser stacks up in comparison.
Check out the trailer in high definition at AOL.