A casting changeup has been made to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters. It was originally believed that the movie would feature a complete returning cast; at least those alive still. The movie sequel to the 2010 book adaptation of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief has added Anthony Head to its cast. The former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star has been cast in the role of Chiron, originally played by Pierce Brosnan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Chiron, who’s mortal alias is Mr. Brunner, is the teacher of Peseus “Percy” Jackon, who gives Percy a powerful weapon. While in the form of Mr. Brunner, he is confined to a motorized wheelchair, with his legs covered in a blanket. Chiron’s true form however is that of the centaur; the wheelchair magically concealing his horse bits. Touted as the Wisest of all Centaurs, Chiron is often the tutor to many heroes, such as Heracles, Achilles, and Jason of the Argonauts.
This may prove to be annoying to fans when a significant character is recast, but not as annoying as the first movie’s storyline. While the movie wasn’t bad from the perspective of the uninitiated, those that read the book were not impressed.
Characters such as Annabeth not being blonde gave fans of the book a facial tic. While this seems trivial to those not familiar with the story, staying true to the content is often a course of discontent. According to the book, the character was based on being the antithesis of blonde stereotypes.
Then there’s what appears to be Luke dying; or just ending up in the water. Though it wouldn’t be hard to bring him back, there would have to be a lot of ret-con flashbacks which shows Kronos influencing his actions.
The movie adaptation also took liberties with the storylines within the separate books. Percy for example wasn’t suppose to receive his shield until much later on. Mixing and matching of storylines and plot devices may have been to condense the movie. I didn’t think Hollywood would make a sequel, they might have thought so too, as it felt more of an all or nothing effort by the screen writers.
Based on the Rick Riordan’s Camp Half-Blood book series, the sequel finds Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), the son of Poseidon, continuing his epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends (played by Alexandra Daddario and Douglas Smith) to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood.
Wait, three magical children go off on an action filled adventure to save the place where they learn. The first book was about a kid and a thunderbolt. Hmmm. I’ve seen this somewhere. Lightning thief indeed.
Anthony Stewart Head in any role is great. I just hope this turns into a career revival rather than a sinkhole for him. I’ve seen his appearances in BBC shows such as Dr. Who and the Inbetweeners, but what I liked him the best in was his show The Invisibles. The show which is a comedy-drama was about a couple of urban legend criminals come out of retirement. In the first episode, Head is trying to muster back his skill and confidence as the world’s best safecracker. Looking into the cameras, he utters, “I am William Shakespeare, Bobby Moore, and The Beatles, and once, blood ran through my veins!” Said with such conviction, it really resonated in me how much will the character was pouring into his work.
Head who recently appeared on the big screen in The Iron Lady, will be joined in the Percy Jackson sequel by Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown and Missi Pyle. The former Watcher will also be joined by another star from the Whedonverse, Nathan Fillion, who will play the role of Hermes; whom I’m assuming is fast of mouth as he is of feet. While I’m not a fan of the movie or the books, I really want the movie to do well just for Anthony Head and Nathan Fillion. The Thor Freudenthal film is set for release on March 27, 2013.