Uma Medusa?

Tip o’ the pileus to Dorothy King for directing my caerulean brow towards this … there’s an interesting fantasy type movie in the works called Percy Jackson, with a definite Classical twist … here’s the brief coverage from the Telegraph:

As a teenager, Uma Thurman was cast as Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, in the film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and now, 20 years on, she has won the role of another figure from ancient mythology. It is, alas, Medusa.

The 38-year-old will play the snake-haired deity who turns mortals into stone alongside Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean, who take on the parts of Chiron, a centaur, and Zeus, the king of the gods, in a fantasy film called Percy Jackson which will be directed by Chris Columbus.

In a departure from any recognisable Greek myth, the plot sees Poseidon’s 12-year-old half-human son Lerman embark on a quest across modern-day America to save his mother, return Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt and prevent a deadly war between the gods. So long as Mr Brosnan doesn’t start singing again, it’s okay by me.

Personally, I always envisioned Thurman as Artemisish, but that’s beside the point … check out the Entertainment Weekly coverage (mentioned below) … could be a good thing for Classics in general.

2 thoughts on “Uma Medusa?

  1. Perfect that you would post this today, since for my birthday I received the first book of this series by Rick Riordan – “The Lightning Thief” which looks like what the movie will be based on. I look forward to reading it, and hopefully, to the movie. As for Uma Thurman…I suppose, depending on one’s vision of Medusa (or to the Late Bronze Age gorgon), she could fit. I could also envision her as Medea. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  2. My 11-year-old son loves the Percy Jackson novels. He will be thrilled to hear about the movie, although I think he’d like to star in it himself. The books have very detailed mythological trivia–parentage of obscure monsters, etc. I haven’t read them, but his persistent quizzing of me as he read suggests that the details are mostly authenitic. It seems pretty easy to tell where the Greek myths leave off and the modern novelist’s inventions take up.

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