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PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS
THE LIGHTNING THIEF

About The Production
Fox 2000 Pictures presents "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” the big screen adaptation of author Rick Riordan's #1 New York Times bestseller, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The first of five books in Riordan's series (the final installment, The Last Olympian, hit bookshelves in May 2009) was published in 2005 and won several awards, including a New York Times Notable Book honor of that year; Best Book of 2005 from both the School Library Journal and Child Magazine; and a 2006 Bluebonnet Award nomination from the Texas Library Association.

Chris Columbus ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” "Home Alone”) directed the epic fantasy-adventure starring a trio of rising young stars -- Logan Lerman ("3:10 to Yuma”) as the film's title character, the brave, fearless young warrior, Percy Jackson; Brandon T. Jackson ("Tropic Thunder”) as the Satyr Grover, Percy's protector who attempts to earn his very first horns while keeping the young demigod out of harm's way; and Alexandra Daddario ("Bereavement”) as another demigod, Annabeth, daughter of Athena, who joins Percy on his quest to prevent a devastating war. Also starring are Sean Bean ("National Treasure”) as Zeus, supreme ruler of the gods of Olympus; Pierce Brosnan ("Mamma Mia”) as Chiron, the Centaur who runs the special training ground for these demigods while becoming Percy's mentor in explaining his blood connection to the gods; Steve Coogan ("Night at the Museum”) as the greedy lord of the Underworld, Hades, who craves a weapon he believes is in Percy's possession; Rosario Dawson ("Sin City”) as the goddess Persephone, Zeus' daughter and Hades' long suffering, imprisoned wife; Catherine Keener ("Capote”) as Percy's mom, Sally, who is held hostage by Hades in the Underworld; Kevin McKidd ("Grey's Anatomy”) as Percy's father (and Zeus' brother and arch rival), Poseidon, god of the sea; Joe Pantoliano ("The Sopranos”) as Percy's slovenly stepdad, Gabe; and Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill”) as the mythological Gorgon, Medusa. Jake Abel ("The Lovely Bones”) portrays Luke, son of Hermes and one of the demigods who befriend Percy at Camp Half Blood.

"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” filmed in Vancouver, with additional locations in Las Vegas, New York City and Nashville. Twentieth Century Fox releases the film in theaters everywhere on February 12, 2010.

Author Rick Riordan, who taught Greek Mythology for a many years in middle school in California and Texas, came up with the idea for the first Percy Jackson book, which led to four additional novels and a huge fan base numbering in the millions, after reading the sagas of the ancient Greek heroes as bedtime stories to his son, Haley.

"When I ran out of myths, my son became disappointed,” the author relates on his website. "He asked me if I could make up some new stories with the same characters. I remembered a creative writing project I used to do with my sixth graders, which allowed them to create their own demigod hero, the son or daughter of any god they wanted, while having them describe a Greek-style quest for that hero.

"Off the top of my head, I made up Percy Jackson and told Haley all about his quest to recover Zeus' lightning bolt in modern day America. It took about three nights to tell the whole story and, when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book.” Those three nights ultimately became a yearlong odyssey for Riordan (pronounced Rye-or-dan) in completing his first book for young readers (he was already an established author, having written several prior novels, his first being the Tres Navarre private eye thriller, Big Red Tequila, in 1997).

"I picked a few of my sixth, seventh and eighth graders and asked them if they'd be willing to ‘test drive' the

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