Two more actors enter "Percy" pantheon

Thu May 7, 2009 1:17am EDT
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Rosario Dawson and Steve Coogan will run the underworld in the Greek mythology-infused adventure film "Percy Jackson."

Chris Columbus is directing the adaptation of Rick Riordan's best-selling fantasy-adventure book series, which involves the world-saving quest of Poseidon's half-human son, Percy, in modern America.

Catherine Keener, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd, Melina Kanakaredes, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson already have been cast.

Coogan will play the nefarious Hades, and Dawson will play his imprisoned wife, Persephone, who has a flirtation with Jackson's character, Grover, Percy's best friend. Only the role of Ares, God of War, is yet to be cast.

The Fox 2000 film, which Columbus and Craig Titley adapted from the first book in the series, "The Lightning Thief," is scheduled for a February 12 release.

Dawson most recently starred in "Seven Pounds" and "Eagle Eye."

Coogan most recently appeared in "Tropic Thunder" and "Hamlet 2." He returns as Octavius in the comedy-adventure "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," which hits theaters May 22.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Actress Rosario Dawson arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion" in New York May 4, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>