Former soaps and Disney channel star Leven Rambin got a huge break when she was cast in The Hunger Games, and even though she was only onscreen for a few brief minutes as the vicious and beautiful Glimmer, a rising tide as big as The Hunger Games really does raise all boats. Rambin’s newest role won’t just be in another big, effects-heavy potential blockbuster, but it’ll be a lead this time. According to Variety she’s been cast in a major role in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, playing Clarisse, the daughter of Ares– who, if you either know your Greek mythology or saw Clash of the Titans, is the God of War.
The movie is a sequel, of course, to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which wasn’t a particularly big hit domestically when it opened in February 2012, but with international money made a respectable $226 million. Logan Lerman will be returning in the title role, as will Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson in their supporting parts, but a number of new adult actors have been brought in for this sequel, including Nathan Fillion, Missi Pyle,Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Anthony Head.
Though Chris Columbus handled directing duties on the first film, the job this time goes to Thor Freudenthal, who made the surprise hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Columbus is lending his producing strength to this , which makes it pretty much the best of two worlds– potential for the new Percy Jackson to feel less like aHarry Potter, while also having the necessary money behind it. Leven Rambin may actually experience it as a step up from the comparatively low-budget The Hunger Games.