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5 Things to Know About the Percy Jackson Disney+ Series

5 Things to Know About the Percy Jackson Disney+ Series

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It’s always exciting to see fictional books turned into movies or TV series. Just look at Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Lord of the Rings—all raked in millions in dollars and fans. With these books’ more consumable adaptations, many casual audiences eventually get hooked on the stories and join the fandom. 

Percy Jackson & the Olympians was first adapted into a film starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Brandon T. Jackson, with the first movie released in 2010 and the sequel in 2013. Now, Disney+ is reviving the popular book series into a TV show with an entirely new cast and direction. 

Excited to watch this new TV series? Here’s everything you need to know about this brand-new take on Percy Jackson!

Everything We Know So Far About the Percy Jackson Series on Disney+

Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a fantasy novel series about a young demigod, Percy, who discovers he’s the son of Poseidon and is tasked to prevent Titans from destroying the world. The TV show’s first season depicts the events of the first book, The Lightning Thief.

Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Percy Jackson TV series.

1. Cast & Crew

The Percy Jackson show’s cast consists of new and familiar faces. Let’s look at them one by one.

The Trio

Let’s start with the primary trio of the series: Percy, Annabeth, and Grover.

  • Walker Scobell as Percy
  • Leah Jeffries as Annabeth
  • Aryan Simhadri as Grover

Gods & Goddesses

The show’s producers also cast the gods and goddesses featured in The Lightning Thief and throughout the book series. 

  • Toby Stephens as Poseidon
  • Lance Reddick as Zeus
  • Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus/Mr. D
  • Adam Copeland as Ares
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes
  • Jay Duplass as Hades
  • Timothy Omundson as Hephaestus

Supporting Characters

The actors and actresses portraying the supporting characters in the original story include:

  • Charlie Bushnell as Luke Castellan
  • Virginia Kull as Sally Jackson
  • Glynn Turman as Chiron/Mr. Brunner
  • Timm Sharp as Gabe Ugliano
  • Dior Goodjohn as Clarisse La Rue
  • Olivea Morton as Nancy Bobofit
  • Jessica Parker Kennedy as Medusa
  • Suzanne Cryer as Echidna
  • Megan Mullally as Alecto/Ms. Dodds

Unlike the film adaptation, Rick Riordan will actively participate as a writer and executive producer in the TV show. In fact, he pitched the adaptation of his novels to Walt Disney and wrote the pilot episode with Jonathan E. Steinberg. Riordan’s wife, Becky Riordan, shares the executive producer position with him. 

2. Locations

The first season of Percy Jackson & the Olympians was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, but the story will still be set in New York City, like in the books.

The show will also feature iconic fictional locations such as Camp Half-Blood, where Percy meets his friends and participates in their brutally fun camp-wide game Capture the Flag, and the Empire State Building, where Olympus is mounted.

3. Release Date

The producers of the Percy Jackson series have yet to reveal the specific release date of the show. The good news is that they officially finished production for the first season in February 2023.

With post-production expected to take months, fans may see the show in 2024.

4. Episodes

Riordan confirmed in April 2022 that Season 1 would have eight episodes. While plans for succeeding seasons have yet to be revealed, he hopes the show gets five seasons to reflect each book in the series.

“The goal is to stay true to the original story and have Percy’s character age from 12 to 16 throughout the TV series, assuming, of course, we are lucky enough to make all five seasons. That will depend on viewership on Disney+, which is where all of you can help!” Riordan wrote in a blog post.

5. Difference from the Film Adaptation

One of the reasons why the Percy Jackson movies received some flak back then was the age disparity between the actors and the book characters. Percy and his friends were supposed to be around 12 years old, but Lerman was 18 when he filmed for The Lightning Thief. Meanwhile, Daddario and Jackson were 24 and 26, respectively.

For the Percy Jackson TV series, the actors’ ages are accurate to the book characters’.

Aside from the age, the show is expected to have better visual effects than the movies. Riordan expressed in 2021 that he hopes the Percy Jackson TV series receives the same budget as blockbuster Disney+ shows WandaVision and The Mandalorian.

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It’s been a decade since the last live-action adaptation of the fun and action-packed Percy Jackson series, so millions of fans are understandably excited about the TV show. Who knows? With the first season’s production wrapped up, you might see it sooner than you think!

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