'Lightning Thief' finds female lead

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Alexandra Daddario has nabbed the lead female role in Fox 2000's "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief."

The actress joins Logan Lerman and Brandon T. Jackson in the fantasy-adventure movie being directed by Chris Columbus. Columbus and Craig Titley have adapted the screenplay from Rick Riordan's bestselling children's novel.

The Greek mythology-inflected book involves Poseidon's half-human son, Percy, who's on a quest across modern America to prevent a war among the gods. Daddario will play Athena's 18-year-old daughter, Annabeth, a warrior at Camp Half-Blood with Percy and a potential romantic foil.

"Lightning Thief" is the first of five novels about Percy Jackson and the Olympians — the fifth, "The Last Olympian," is due in stores in May. The studio hopes to spin the books into a franchise in the "Harry Potter" mold; Columbus directed and/or produced three of those films for Warner Bros.

Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Karen Rosenfelt are producing the film, which begins shooting next month in Vancouver.

Daddario, repped by Gersh and Harvest Management, has appeared in "The Squid and the Whale," "The Hottest State" and "The Babysitters." (partialdiff)
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