Disney+ has found its new epic trio. The streamer has announced its main cast for its upcoming new series adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This trio, of course, consists of Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood. After playing the young version of Ryan Reynolds in Netflix’s time-traveling thriller The Adam Project, Walker Scobell will follow in the footsteps of ancient Greek Gods and play Percy Jackson. Meanwhile, Aryan Simhadri, from Disney’s Spin, and Leah Sava Jeffries, from Empire, will play Percy’s best friends Grover and Annabeth, respectively.
Forget playing a preteen version of a Hollywood A-lister. Walker Scobell is going to play the son of Poseidon, god of the seas. And at 13, Scobell’s casting as Percy Jackon means he will be much closer to the age of the 12-year-old Percy Jackson in the books. That’s a big change from the previous adaptation of author Rick Riordan’s best-selling book series. Logan Lerman played the titular character in the Percy Jackson movies when Lerman was old enough to fill out college applications. Scobell will still face the same problems all iterations of Percy Jackson must overcome, though. He’ll need to accept his powers after Zeus accuses Percy of stealing his lightning bolt. That charge (pun definitely intended!) sends Percy on a cross-country journey that brings him into contact with other figures of Greek mythology.
For those new to the story, here’s how Disney+ describes its newly cast main character, Percy Jackson:
Percy Jackson is a smart and compassionate kid with a sharp sense of humor. He’s always seen himself as an outsider, in no small part because of how the world sees his ADHD and dyslexia. He’s impulsive and rambunctious and is quick to anger when things seem unfair to him. But beneath his cynicism is an affectionate son and loyal friend who just wants to do right by those he cares about. If only he could find a place where he fits in.
But, of course, Percy couldn’t go on this journey alone. He’d be nowhere without his best friends. And we love the Percy Jackson casting for Grover and Annabeth so much. Like Scobell, Aryan Simhadri and Leah Sava Jeffries look exactly the right age to play their characters. We already know we are going to enjoy watching this trio blossom.
A release shares more about the newly cast duo who will star in Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
Aryan Simhadri stars as Grover Underwood – a satyr, half boy and half goat, disguised as a 12 year old boy. Grover cares deeply about others and will always choose what is best for them, sometimes at his own expense. Though cautious by nature, he’ll always throw himself into a fight to protect his friends, especially his best friend Percy Jackson.
Leah Sava Jeffries stars as Annabeth Chase. As a true daughter of the Greek goddess Athena, Annabeth is a brilliant strategist with an active and curious mind. After having spent the last five years at Camp Half-Blood, she longs to test her mettle in the human world, of which she barely remembers. She trains Percy to survive the mythological world, and in turn, he helps her connect with her humanity.
We just hope we get to see as much of both Grover and Annabeth as we do Percy. Each one of them gives something to the other, and together they are the heroes we all need.
Riordan and Jon Steinberg wrote the pilot. Steinberg will also oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz. Disney says the series will begin production this summer, so it’s a good thing they finally have their Percy. Without him, the show would just be The Olympians, and we already know their story. We hope we hear more casting news from Disney+’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series very soon.
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