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It is time we return to Camp Half-Blood with the highly-awaited Disney+ show Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Percy Jackson infiltrated classrooms and delved into the imaginations of middle schoolers everywhere upon its release in 2005. Since then, it has amassed a loyal and dedicated fanbase, one that was thrilled to hear about the upcoming show adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Read on for current news on the upcoming show adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
What is the premise of Rick Riordan’s bestselling novel Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s life takes a shocking turn when he learns that he is not simply a mere mortal but a demigod and the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea.
To foster his abilities, Percy ventures to Camp Half-Blood and soon finds himself assigned to a quest that sends him across America to neutralize the rising tensions amidst the gods.
Who is creating the show adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
The show Percy Jackson and the Olympians is based on Rick Riordan’s New York Times bestselling series and strays from the movie adaptations in that Riordan had an actual hand in its creation. In fact, he wrote the screenplay with Jonathan E. Steinberg.
“The filming has followed the book story very closely, almost as if the author were involved himself!” Riordan said on his website. “Sure, there are small tweaks and changes here and there, which were mutually agreed upon, but the biggest difference is the ‘value added.’ You will get peeks at character backstory, foreshadowing Easter eggs of things to come, and nuances in Percy’s family history that I think you will love.”
“The neat thing about revisiting this tale, almost twenty years after I first wrote it, is that I get to address some of the questions that fans have asked me over the years: “What does this mean?” “Why does this happen the way it does?” “What would happen if —?” It’s been really satisfying and fun,” Riordan added.
Executive producers are Jet Wilkinson, Jeremy Bell, James Bobin, Anders Engström, D.J. Goldberg, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Monica Owusu-Breen, Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Dan Shotz, Jim Rowe, Bert Salke, Dan Shotz, Steinberg and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, and D.J. Goldberg.
Production companies include 20th Century Fox Television, 20th Television, Gotham Group, and Walt Disney Studios.
Who is in the cast of Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson
Leading the cast of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is Walker Scobell. The Adam Project star will step into the shoes of Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon. In 2022, the 14-year-old made his film debut with the Netflix hit The Adam Project, which starred Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldaña, and Catherine Keener.
Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase
The iconic trio is not complete without Annabeth Chase, a demigod, and daughter of Athena. Leah Sava Jeffries will bring Annabeth to life on the small screen. Following her breakout role on the successful series Empire, Jeffries appeared on Rel and in Beast.
Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood
Rounding out the trio is Aryan Simhadri, a skillful actor who will embody the popular satyr and best friend to Percy Jackson: Grover Underwood. Simhadri’s impressive acting career started at the age of four, and he has since appeared in The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, The Main Event, and Cheaper by the Dozen.
Charlie Bushnell as Luke Castellan
Next is Charlie Bushnell, best known for his work on the Disney+ series Diary of a Future President. Bushnell will be portraying Luke Castellan, the son of Hermes and a fellow Camp Half-Blood camper. It is Luke who trains Percy in sword combat.
Dior Goodjohn as Clarisse La Rue
The bully of Camp Half-Blood and daughter of Ares, also known as Clarisse La Rue, is being portrayed by the 16-year-old HBO Max Head of Class and Nickelodeon Are You Afraid of the Dark? star Dior Goodjohn.
Virginia Kull as Sally Jackson
Big Little Lies and NOS4A2 star Virginia Kull will play Percy Jackson’s mother, Sally Jackson.
Timm Sharp as Gabe Ugliano
Timm Sharp will play Percy’s lazy and abusive stepfather Gabe Ugliano. Much like his last name suggests, he is ugly on the inside and out and even earned the nickname “Smelly Gabe” for his malodorous body odor. Sharp is known for his roles in Undeclared, ‘Til Death, Enlightened, and Blunt Talk.
Olivea Morton as Nancy Bobofit
Olivea Morton will play Nancy Bobofit, a bully from Percy’s time at a mortal school. Morton is most known for her role in the short film And Yet They Speak and in Angel.
Megan Mullally as Alecto/Mrs. Dodds
Megan Mullally will play Alecto, the Fury sent by Hades to track down Percy Jackson. To successfully integrate herself into Percy’s life, Alecto impersonates his math teacher Mrs. Dodds. Megan Mullally had roles in Will and Grace, The Kings of Summer, Why Him?, and The Disaster Artist.
Adam Copeland as Ares
Actor and professional wrestler Adam Copeland will play Ares, the god of war and father to demigod Clarisse La Rue. The WWE star is known for Vikings and Haven.
Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus/Mr. D
Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, will be brought to life by Jason Mantzoukas. The actor and comedian had roles in The Director, The House, and The Lego Batman Movie. Sent to Camp Half-Blood as punishment by Zeus, Dionysus becomes the camp director, nicknamed Mr. D.
Glynn Turman as Chiron/Mr. Brunner
Glynn Turman will be Chiron, a centaur who works as the activities director at Camp Half-Blood and goes by Mr. Brunner. Turman is an award-winning actor with roles in Super 8, John Dies at the End, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Suzanne Cryer as Echidna
Suzanne Cryer will portray Echidna in the upcoming series. Cryer has appeared in numerous projects, including Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Seinfeld, and Silicon Valley.
Jay Duplass as Hades
The King of the underworld will be depicted by Jay Duplass. The award-winning actor and producer acted in Transparent and The Chair and worked as a producer for Togetherness and as a writer for Cyrus.
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes
The Alexander Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will step into the winged shoes of Hermes, the messenger of the gods and the father of the demigod Luke Castellan. While in college, Miranda wrote the fledgling draft of In the Heights, and it went on to receive nine Drama Desk nominations and numerous other accolades.
Timothy Omundson as Hephaestus
Timothy Omundson will play Hephaestus, the god of fire. Omundson is best known for his roles in Mission: Impossible III and the series Psych.
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Medusa
The Flash and Black Sails star Jessica Parker Kennedy will be rocking a head of snakes in her role as Medusa.
Toby Stephens as Poseidon
Toby Stephens will play Poseidon, the god of the sea and father of Percy Jackson. Stephens’s roles include Glen ‘Bub’ Doherty in 13 Hours, Bill Beaman in Hunter Killer, and Vincent McCarthy in The Machine.
Lance Reddick as Zeus
The god of lightning of King of the gods will be depicted by talented actor Lance Reddick, known for his roles in the John Wick franchise and White House Down.
When is the release date of Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
There is no official release date for Percy Jackson and the Olympians yet. In the beginning of February, it wrapped according to Riordan’s Instagram and is now in post-production.
“We have done almost all the photography for our eight episodes,” Riordan wrote on his website in January 2023. “Right now, we are just doing some pick-up scenes to fill in different angles and expand some of the sequences.”
Riordan continued, “I have seen early director’s cuts for episodes 1-6 and all the dailies for episodes seven and eight, so I am now confident in predicting . . . yeah, if you’re a fan of the books or even if you just love a good adventure, you are going to love this show. We still have months and months of post-production work to do, but the team is wrapping up in Vancouver with a sense of pride and accomplishment.”
According to IMDb, the series should premiere in 2024 and will consist of six episodes.
Is there a trailer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
In September of 2022, the teaser for Percy Jackson and the Olympians hit YouTube and sent waves of excitement across its fanbase.
What other adaptations can you expect in the upcoming year?